Small town snippets: Rural communities garner attention

Rural healthcare has not been a priority in past years and a recent study has shown that those residing in rural areas have shorter life expectancies than those living in large cities. However, a program in Arizona is working to funnel more medical professionals to rural communities.

Experts from around the country converged at the University of Kansas on Friday to discuss the future of rural communities. The preservation of natural resources was a primary topic of discussion at the symposium.

Funding from the USDA helped in the creation and completion of a variety of projects in rural Kansas in 2013. The state received more than $413 million which was used to improve water quality and help small businesses, among other projects.

[Bonus] A recent article from the Kansas City Star put the spotlight on the quality of service provided by small town businesses. Author Cindy Hoedel shared her appreciation for small town businesses that go the extra mile for their customers.

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