Pandemic Recession Future Trends
Implications for rural community development
Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." This month we explore four themes or trends that appear to be coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic and recession. Our paper, The 2020 Pandemic Recession - Future Trends, provides an overview of what we believe will be transformative changes and ultimately opportunities, particularly for rural communities who take the time to understand the trends and position themselves to take action. We pledge to monitor these trends and identify, track, document, analyze and share new trends through this newsletter as part of our our Pandemic Recession Restart - Recovery - Resiliency series.

Download our first paper in this series, Planning for a Post Pandemic World – Lessons from the Great Recession and Other Economic Crises. Both papers contain links to resources that can help you, your community, region, and state explore how entrepreneurship can be the pathway to economic restart, recovery, and resiliency in a post-pandemic world.
Other News
Rural Solutions for Rural Communities
Rural community engagement specialists Frank and Kimberlee Spillers recently launched Rural Community Solutions TV, a live YouTube channel dedicated to rural communities. Current topics include the four pillars of community prosperity: relationships, engagement, collaboration and entrepreneurship. Don Macke will appear in weekly episodes during September: 9/2, 9/10, 9/17 and 9/23. Subscribe now!
Macke to present two sessions
There's still time to register for this year's online conference for community foundations. The speaker schedule is packed with topics, including two featuring Don Macke. First, he presents "Kansas’ Transfer of Wealth Opportunity 2020 – Energizing Community Philanthropy." Don will focus on strategies and tactics proven effective in mobilizing community engagement, development of donors and the growth of community philanthropic endowments in Kansas and beyond. His second session, "People Attraction in a Post-Pandemic World – Marketing Hometown America" explores proven frameworks used to attract people to rural communities.
Field News
Keeping Rural Businesses Open Across Generations. Business succession planning poses several challenges, particularly for small and rural businesses. Some businesses have opted to instead to use employee ownership to bring stability to the business and their communities while allowing current owners to retire. More.

How rural Nebraska saved my life. An open letter from Garry Clark, currently President & CEO of the Greater Fremont Development Council, on how relocating from Washington, DC to Blair, Nebraska, allowed him to break out of systemic socioeconomic hardship and start anew.

This rural Mississippi hospital beat bankruptcy. Can it survive the pandemic? This article discusses the state of Magee General Hospital in Magee, Mississippi, which just emerged from bankruptcy before facing new challenges from COVID-19. Similar to Valley County, the hospital board recognized that the facility is critical to community survival and had already implemented several strategies that allow it to operate more efficiently than other facilities.

How Congress can back US startups, prevent 'massive brain drain'. Steve Case believes that as part of economic restart efforts and stimulus funding, Congress should act to support startups that create new jobs in areas overlooked by traditional venture capital initiatives. More.

Heartland Challenge: Meet Kauffman’s 17 grantees (and the projects getting funded). The Kauffman Foundation issued the Heartland Challenge to identify and expand entrepreneurial inclusiveness and strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems. Winners of the grants for programs and initiatives in support of these goals have been announced and are highlighted in this article.
2020 ESHIP Summit
The 2020 ESHIP Summit will be held September 15-16 in a virtual format. Continue checking the link for updates. More Info
2020 Annual National Conference for Growing Community Foundations
This year's theme is "Sustainable Community for All." The format of the Conference will be online this year, October 26-27. Dive into expanded content live or listen to the recording at your convenience. From "blind-dates" matched by your interests to group discussions, interactive sessions, special events, and virtual "bar hopping" --- there are plenty of fun ways to connect, learn, and grow! More Info or to Register