How to build rural America
What’s your dream rural project?
A new rural development bank?
A $10 billion rural housing program?
A rural broadband system?
A $10-a-day tax on the most egregious fossil fuels?
Let’s get to it.
And if you’re looking to do some reading, here’s a short guide to how to start.1.
Make your pitch.
The Federal Reserve is the nation’s largest lender of money to rural economies, providing the cash to farmers to build and maintain infrastructure.
You should also have a detailed plan for how you will use the money.
If you are building a new town or community, you need to explain how you’ll use the land to generate jobs, improve access to schools and roads, and expand access to health care.
The rural development fund is a great place to start your pitch, since it’s designed to help rural communities build their way out of poverty.2.
If your plan calls for spending $10 million on a new school, you’ll want to provide detailed cost estimates for each school and what it will cost to build.3.
Make a presentation.
If the plan is a few pages long, give your audience a way to interact with it.
Present your proposal at an event like the annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation or a conference like the 2017 American Rural Summit.4.
Present the details of your plan in a way that is easy to understand for people who are unfamiliar with the issue or unfamiliar with rural development.
If a group of people hear about your plan and don’t know what it is, it’s a good bet they’ll give it a second look.5.
Tell the story.
Tell your story.
It’s not always about a simple plot of land.
Ask people what they think about your project, what they would like to see happen, and what they’d like to learn about.
It might be best to tell your story from the perspective of a farmer or rancher who has experienced the hardship and challenges that a rural economy faces.6.
If there are details you’d like people to know about, make sure to explain those details.
Tell them why your proposal is so important, and why it will improve lives.
If, for example, you’re building a network of schools in a rural area, you might tell them you plan to give every student access to a computer, a gym, and a computer lab.
The details will make it clear that you’re taking on a serious challenge, and you’ll show your audience how to do it.7.
Encourage them to take action.
If people aren’t ready to take your proposal seriously, encourage them to do so.
If they’re not interested, tell them that you won’t make any promises about how the money will be spent.
This gives them the confidence to take on a challenge, but it also gives you the opportunity to show that you have the support of the rural development community.8.
The process of making your proposal will take time.
But it’s important to make sure you have your plans in place, so that you can get your proposal approved quickly.9.
Make sure you’re on time.
You’ll need to schedule an interview with a bank representative and get the plan drafted.
The next step is for the bank representative to give you a presentation and explain to your audience what’s going on with your proposal.
The banker may be the person who’s going to be responsible for overseeing your project.
Once the process is completed, the bank will provide the funding to start the process of building the new school or community.
Once the bank has made the investment, the next step will be to get the community involved.
The community will need to approve the funding and sign off on a local plan to build the school.10.
Learn about your target market.
You need to understand what kind of people you want to help build the community.
Are you targeting people who can’t afford the land?
Or those who are in rural areas that don’t have enough land?
It’s also important to understand the demographics of the target market, the kinds of jobs that rural residents are likely to be able to fill, and how much they’ll be able get paid.11.
Create a project timeline.
If it takes you more than one month to write a project plan, don’t worry.
It can be helpful to have a project schedule to help with the planning and execution.
If possible, keep a journal of the project as you go through it, so you can review your progress and plan for your next steps.12.
You will want to document the progress you make during the process, so when you are ready to get on with it, you can document what you’ve done and what you plan on doing.
You may need to make adjustments in your plans, as you have to consider how much you can afford to spend, how long you plan for, and when you’ll start paying the staff and contractors.