ROI Insights  

Stories and insights on investing in rural communities from ROI staff, partners and student scholars

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How Congress Can Send Much Needed Capital to Rural Communities To Mitigate Financial Fallout From Pandemic

Like the rest of the nation, our rural communities are currently in crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To help address this crisis, Congress should take advantage of a financial intermediary that barely existed several years ago 

Rural America is ripe with potential, starving for capital

Investment in venture-backed companies in the United States reached $57 billion in almost 4,000 deals in the first half of 2018. Yet, only a fraction of those dollars found their way to funds and companies based in rural America. Read More

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Actuality: Why Big Investment Firms Shy away from Rural Water Projects

Matt McKenna, with Georgetown University's School of Business, explaining why large investment firms shy away from investing in rural water projects. Read More

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Access To Capital Is Critical to Ensuring Success of Rural Entrepreneurs

Less than 1% of all venture capital makes its way to rural communities in the United States. In order to spur innovation, access to capital is critical, and it is a major barrier for rural entrepreneurs in today’s day and age. Read More

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How the Capital Markets Can Conserve America's Forests

Working forests provide us with clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. They support species diversity and generate more than 8.5 million jobs in the forest products and outdoor recreation industries. Read More

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