Success Stories

Port Orford Sustainable Seafood helps local, small-town fishers market and sell their products.

Rural Fishers Tap Local Foods Market

The commercial fishers in the small southern Oregon coastal community of Port Orford were reliant on the corporate model to sell their catch.

“The fishermen here are fiercely individualist and there’s all kinds of characters,” said Aaron Longton, captain of the Goldeneye. “But when it… more

The state-of-the-art Curry General Hospital offers quality healthcare and expanded medical services in Gold Beach and the surrounding area.

A Rural Hospital Success Story

While stories abound about rural hospitals closing across the country, Curry General Hospital on the southern Oregon coast demonstrates how a rural hospital can expand and thrive.

In Gold Beach, residents were served by a small, outdated facility that was built in the 1950s and designed… more

Couple pointing to Nevada shape sign at The Grid Restaurant in Fallon Nevada

Micro Loans Support $17.2 Million Investment in Rural Nevada

For more than 25 years, Rural Nevada business owners have benefited from a small but powerful alternative lender – the Rural Nevada Development Corporation (RNDC).

When owning a home seemed impossible, Sandra and Michael achieved homeownership for their family through their own sweat equity.

Achieving Homeownership Helps Rural Family Reduce Expenses

Sandra and Michael thought homeownership was beyond their reach. They never imagined it was not only possible but that they could reduce their housing expenses by buying a home.

They were living in a manufactured house with their three children and their dog. The home was built in the… more

Marion Acres is helping to meet local demand for sustainably-produced agricultural products in northwest Oregon.

Small Farm Feeds Local Appetite for Sustainable Products

When Geoff Scott and John Mathia teamed up to open a farm in northwest Oregon, they envisioned producing high-quality meat raised in an environmentally-sustainable manner. Their products were attractive to local customers and sold quickly, enabling them to expand to a 47-acre plot in Hillsboro.… more

Aerial view of Bishop's Orchard market.

Bishop’s Orchards in Guilford Pick-Your-Own with Solar Stewardship

Bishop’s Orchards, located in Guilford Connecticut, has a very long and proud history dating back to 1871. Now owned and operated by the Bishop’s family fifth generation, they continue to improve and expand the business. Their retail market has seen many renovations in the recent years and they… more

Bamberg County Fire Chiefs

Bamberg County Gets Three New Fire Engine Pumper Tankers

Bamberg County recently was awarded three, Community Facility Combo Loan/Grant projects totaling $690,300 in loans and $149,700 in grants.  These awards allowed Bamberg County to purchase three new fully equipped Fire Engine Pumper Tankers to replace their aging fleet.  The new trucks will be… more

Well house

Rural Water System Improvements Prove to be Influencer in New Elementary School

The village of Bladen consistently dealt with issues of coliform violations but worked hard and successfully to keep the problem manageable.  The water storage, a 1911 elevated tank, was in need of painting and resurfacing of the interior and exterior along with sanitary improvements and a new… more