Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy http://tspr.org en The Rural Economy Report Card http://tspr.org/post/rural-economy-report-card <p>The vast area of the country between the cities has considerable strengths, recent studies show, although population growth generally has some negatives and the need for grocery stores specifically remains an unmet need. Creighton University&rsquo;s <a href="http://business.creighton.edu/centers-programs/economic-outlook/mainstreet-economy" target="_blank">Rural Mainstreet Index</a>, which assesses rural economic health based on a scale from 0 to 100, examines about 200 communities with an average population of 1,300 in Illinois and nine other Great Plains states.<br /> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 16:35:04 +0000 Bill Knight 14062 at http://tspr.org The Rural Economy Report Card