Rural Connections Blog

  • Timber Removal

    RPN partners with San Miguel County to rebuild and mitigate disaster risk

    From April to June 2022, the County of San Miguel experienced the largest and most destructive wildfire in New Mexico’s history. In the aftermath of the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire, the removal of the trees became critical for both economic and public safety and had to be done quickly to harvest the wood for lumber and mitigate the risk of another wildfire spreading.

    • Community Development
    • Disaster Relief
    • Disaster Resilience
  • Wild horses released in Southern Nevada

    Rainbows, Silver Midnights, Desert Stars and Beautiful Landscapes: Meet the Southern Nevada Community Network

    The Southern Nevada Community Network is comprised of mountain ranges and flatland including Esmeralda and Nye counties that together cover 21,748 square miles. Esmeralda is one of the original nine counties in Nevada established in 1861, and is home to Montezuma Range, Clayton Valley, and Boundary Peak, the highest point in Nevada.

    • Community Development
    • Economic & Business Development
  • Central Mountain Region

    Get to know the Central Mountain Region Community Network

    The Central Mountain Region is the largest mountain range in Puerto Rico and is characterized by steep peaks, deep valleys, and rugged terrain. Rainfall is abundant, making it one of the main sources of water. Home to a variety of plant and animal species, including tropical forests, bamboo groves, and waterfalls, it is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. There are ample opportunities for hiking, camping, mountain biking, and more. There are also several designated nature reserves and parks in the area, including the Toro Negro State Forest.

    • Community Development
    • Employment & Career Development
  • MS Blues Festival

    Meet the Washington County Economic Alliance Community Network in the Mississippi Delta

    No matter where you are in the Mississippi Delta you'll be surrounded by history, entertainment, and hospitality, but don't think for a second that one Delta town is just like the other.

    Travel the roads of this region and you'll find that every stop has its own distinct individuality and character, each worthy of exploration. Blues clubs, barbecue shacks, Southern-style food, unique lodging, and a culture and history that runs deep it's hard to tell you where to begin.

    • Economic & Business Development
    • Food & Nutrition
    • Health Facilities
    • Health Services
  • Dona Ana County of Las Cruces

    Meet the Doña Ana County Community Network!

    The Doña Ana County is friendly, laid back, and multicultural. Our cuisine features our region’s red and green chile. We enjoy local festivals such as the Hatch Chile Festival, county fairs with 4H exhibits, and wine festivals showcasing our region’s products. Our dramatic desert and mountain scenery provides a backdrop for relaxing motorcycle rides along back roads and all forms of outdoor recreation. Spring and fall provide a great climate for strolling through our historic plazas and downtowns.

    • Community Development
    • Economic & Business Development
    • Transportation