Rural development in the United States has declined in the last two decades, as cities have gained in influence.
In the mid-2000s, rural development was valued at $2.4 trillion in 2012, according to a report by the U;A.P. Rural development is now worth only $1.7 trillion.
In Kentucky, the rural development industry has shrunk by more than 70 percent since 2000, with only about 4,000 businesses in rural areas.
According to the Uaf Rural Development Coalition, Kentucky has lost $1 billion in the rural economy in the past decade.
Some of the rural communities that have lost growth have gone from rural to urban.
In 2010, the state lost 1,000 farms, while today the state has lost more than 9,000.
But the rural-to-urban growth trend continues, with about 12,000 rural businesses.
These businesses account for more than half of the state’s gross domestic product, according a 2014 report from the Urban Institute.
For the UAF Rural Development Council, the focus is on supporting the small, family-run businesses that are driving economic development in rural Kentucky.
The Council’s mission is to help rural Kentucky thrive.
The UAF Council has a broad range of activities, including: Investing in local and regional development projects that can create jobs, support rural economies, and provide affordable housing for small businesses.