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Introduction

The Mandate

"Rural New York has been transformed by far-reaching national and global economic forces; the understandings and policies of the past no longer provide ready solutions for a world defined by change. Crafting a new, clear, and bold vision for rural New York State is vital for the success and well-being of its citizens, communities, and regions."

Top Ten Issues in Rural New York

As defined by Cornell's Rural New York Initiative.

The Rural Vision Project's most frequently cited issues include:

  • Infrastructure development, especially public transportation and high speed internet
  • High property taxes
  • Land use and planning to combat sprawl and loss of working landscapes
  • Job loss and lack of living wage employment opportunities
  • Access to affordable health care
  • Development of a comprehensive, coordinated plan; collaboration between agencies, governments
  • Workforce development and education
  • Agricultural viability
  • Youth flight, out-migration, brain drain
  • Lack of capital and funding
Resources
What Has Cornell Cooperative Extension Done for You Lately?
small map of NY State

Whether you're a farmer in Chautauqua or a web designer in Cattaraugus, chances are CCE has improved at least one aspect of life in your community. This map shows the breadth of CCE's beneficial impacts, county by county, in areas as diverse as technology, parenting, and dairy farming. It's a great way to see exactly how and where CCE is making a positive difference to the quality of life in New York State.

The New York State Rural Vision Project

Cornell University's Rural New York Initiative (in the Department of Development Sociology), Community and Rural Development Institute, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the NYS Legislative Commission on Rural Resources launched the NYS Rural Vision Project for responding to and guiding change and development in rural New York.

The overview presented on the pages of this website is based on the Rural Vision Project, Phase I Report. The project included a series of listening sessions conducted in counties across New York. Eleven regional listening sessions were held across New York: nine in upstate New York and two on Long Island. Listening sessions averaged 40 participants, including local elected officials, Cornell Cooperative Extension educators, leaders of non-profit organizations, state agency representatives, business owners, farmers, social service agency representatives, policymakers, community college representatives, and school district administrators.