This report begins with an overview of the economic realities and options for rural America and explores the role that entrepreneurship plays (or could play) as a rural economic development strategy. The next section presents the quantitative assessments, including some of the challenges for measuring rural entrepreneurship, followed by a description of both the policy context at national, regional, and local levels and of the institutions and programs that support different facets of entrepreneurship. This national overview is then followed by a closer look at entrepreneurship development in Kentucky and Nebraska. The report concludes with some thoughts about what the assessments have revealed and what opportunities may exist for policy and practical action.
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