The Center for Rural Pennsylvania

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative agency that serves as a resource for rural policy within the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

The Center works with the legislature, educators, state and federal executive branch agencies, and national, statewide, regional and local organizations to maximize resources and strategies that can better serve Pennsylvania's 3.4 million rural residents.

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ICYMI: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has grant πŸ’²πŸ’² through its Cultural and Historical Support Program. D...
09/30/2020
Museum Support

ICYMI: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has grant πŸ’²πŸ’² through its Cultural and Historical Support Program. Deadline to apply is Oct. 14.
https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/Grants-Funding/Pages/Museum-Support.aspx

The PHMC is pleased to announce that this year it will be awarding just under $2 million in grants to qualified museums and official county historical societies under the Cultural and Historic Support program. This is a one-year, interim grant program using funds placed in PHMC's operating budget by...

πŸ“£πŸ“£ Appalachian Regional Commission is seeking up to 120 Appalachian nonprofits to participate in FREE, virtual small-gro...
09/25/2020
Appalachia Nonprofit Resource Center – Technical Assistance and Training for Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond

πŸ“£πŸ“£ Appalachian Regional Commission is seeking up to 120 Appalachian nonprofits to participate in FREE, virtual small-group trainings during Fall 2020 and Winter 2021. Here's more info: https://appalachianrc.arc.gov/

Join the Cohort: How to Apply Thank you for your interest in the Appalachian Regional Commission’s technical assistance program for nonprofit organizations. This special resource center recognizes the catastrophic impact the COVID-19 crisis has had on our Region, and particularly on nonprofit orga...

Bring it!πŸ‚πŸ
09/24/2020

Bring it!πŸ‚πŸ

Deep-green foliage is the norm for the state currently, but many areas are showing signs of the season. Recent frosts and cool nights are pushing development of color, as species noted to change early are beginning to reveal. πŸ‚πŸ

Black gums, birches, and maples are sprinkling reds and yellows throughout Penn’s Woods.

Drought conditions throughout a significant portion of the state could shorten what is expected to be a vibrant peak season.

Forecasted rain beginning next week could saturate PA forests, preserving a long, colorful fall.

Learn more in the week one PA Fall Foliage Report ➑️ http://bit.ly/2OCvs8C #PAFallFoliage #FallinPA

09/15/2020
Rural Community Action Assembly: COVID-19 and Its Implications for Workforce Investments and Employers in Rural Communities

ICYMI: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is hosting the Rural Community Action Assembly: COVID-19 and Its Implications for Workforce Investments and Employers in Rural Communities, on September 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Center Board Member Shannon Munro, VP of Workforce Development at Pennsylvania College of Technology is a featured speaker. Registration for the assembly is free, but space is limited. Deadline to register is Sept. 21. Here's more info:
https://www.rural.palegislature.us/resources.html#august18a
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Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifel...
09/10/2020
Pennsylvania | Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or visit https://www.sprc.org/states/pennsylvania for more resources.

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center at EDC is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), under Grant No. 5U79SM062297.

Last call! πŸ“£πŸ“£ Submit your nominations for the 2020 Rural Health Awards here: https://www.porh.psu.edu/awards/. The Penns...
09/10/2020
Awards | Pennsylvania and Community Leader | Program of the Year | Legislator | Hero | Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health

Last call! πŸ“£πŸ“£ Submit your nominations for the 2020 Rural Health Awards here: https://www.porh.psu.edu/awards/. The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health is accepting nominations until September 11.

Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health; Awards: Pennsylvania & Community Leader, Program, Legislator, and Hero of the Year. Make a Nomination Here. Call: (814) 863-8214

Keep PA beautiful! #pickupPA2020
09/08/2020

Keep PA beautiful! #pickupPA2020

It might be a simple act, but picking up litter makes an immediate and noticeable difference. It makes us feel good. It connects us to each other and makes us feel part of something bigger. Join us for Pick Up Pennsylvania from September 1 through November 30 and make a difference in your neighborhood. Bags, gloves and vests will be available. Visit https://www.keeppabeautiful.org/ and choose Pick Up Pennsylvania. #PickUpPA2020 #ICC
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Ocean Conservancy

09/03/2020
Healthy Farms, Healthy Minds

Pennsylvania Farmlink new resources - Healthy Farms, Healthy Minds. πŸ‘

Connecting Pennsylvania's Farmers to Good Brain Health. Your brain needs the same vigilant attention you give your farm. Our farms will thrive better when we...

DataGram: When we're wrong, we say we're wrong. Messed up the average number of hours for home health aides. Sorry about...
09/03/2020

DataGram: When we're wrong, we say we're wrong. Messed up the average number of hours for home health aides. Sorry about that.

Thank you Pennsylvania State Data Center at Penn State Harrisburg for this map on Census response rates by municipality....
09/01/2020

Thank you Pennsylvania State Data Center at Penn State Harrisburg for this map on Census response rates by municipality. πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡ #Census2020

https://pasdc.hbg.psu.edu/sdc/pasdc_files/mapsofthemonth/ResponseRates.pdf

AgTalks will be holding a Pennsylvania virtual town hall on Thursday, August 27 at 11:00 am eastern. This town hall will...
08/26/2020
Sign up to participate in the Pennsylvania AgTalks town hall

AgTalks will be holding a Pennsylvania virtual town hall on Thursday, August 27 at 11:00 am eastern. This town hall will feature ag leaders from Pennsylvania, including Ag Secretary Russell Redding, and provide opportunities for participants to help shape the future of ag trade.
https://p2a.co/o5U8iUf

I just registered for the AgTalk Pennsylvania Town Hall on Thursday, August 27 at 11:00 am eastern for the on-line conversation on trade, supply chains, and the future of American agriculture! [@campaign] www.AgTalks.net

Did you know Census results have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics 🩺 and highways πŸš—, fire departments...
08/25/2020
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Did you know Census results have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics 🩺 and highways πŸš—, fire departments πŸš’ and disaster response πŸš‘, education programs such as Head StartπŸ– and college tuition πŸŽ“assistance, and so much more.
On Aug. 25, the Census 2020 self-response rate for PA = 67.2%. National self-response rate = 64.4%.
Take the Census. Thanks.

https://2020census.gov/en.html

Learn about the 2020 Census - how to respond, and why it matters. Shape your future. START HERE.

NYT article highlights this Center-sponsored report that estimated the damage the Spotted Lanternfly could do to PA ag a...
08/24/2020
The Dreaded Lanternfly, Scourge of Agriculture, Spreads in New Jersey

NYT article highlights this Center-sponsored report that estimated the damage the Spotted Lanternfly could do to PA ag and forests. The #badbug is moving into NJ, and several East Coast states are trying to battle the bug in different ways.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/21/science/lanternbug-invasive-insect.html?searchResultPosition=1

https://www.rural.palegislature.us/documents/reports/Spotted-Lanternfly-2019.pdf

The insect poses a serious threat to American crops, particularly vineyards, and inspires creative backyard methods of eliminating them.

U.S. Census Bureau
08/20/2020
U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Census Bureau

If you haven’t responded to the #2020Census, a census taker will visit your household soon to help you respond. Census takers are from your community, and they know that a complete and accurate count will benefit your area. To learn more, visit 2020CENSUS.GOV.

United Way of Pennsylvania is conducting a survey to better understand the impacts of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemi...
08/18/2020
United Way of Pennsylvania COVID-19 Impact Survey

United Way of Pennsylvania is conducting a survey to better understand the impacts of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic on people living in Pennsylvania. The survey will be used to inform how to best support Pennsylvania families throughout long-term recovery and beyond. Responses are confidential.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FLY9TVG

Take this survey powered by surveymonkey.com. Create your own surveys for free.

08/18/2020
Rural Community Action Assembly: COVID-19 and Its Implications for Workforce Investments and Employers in Rural Communities

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is hosting the Rural Community Action Assembly: COVID-19 and Its Implications for Workforce Investments and Employers in Rural Communities, on September 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Center Board Member Shannon Munro, VP of Workforce Development at Pennsylvania College of Technology is a featured speaker. Registration for the assembly is free, but space is limited. Here's more info:
https://www.rural.palegislature.us/resources.html#august18a
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Census 2020 is still underway! PA self-response rate is 66.8%. Check πŸ‘‡ to find the response rate in your communityhttps:...
08/17/2020
Response Rates

Census 2020 is still underway! PA self-response rate is 66.8%. Check πŸ‘‡ to find the response rate in your community
https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html

How many people in your community have already responded to the 2020 Census? Keep track with this map of response rates.

Reminder -- Today at noon, Exploring the Future of the Pennsylvania Dairy Industry.Register here: https://extension.psu....
08/12/2020

Reminder -- Today at noon, Exploring the Future of the Pennsylvania Dairy Industry.
Register here: https://extension.psu.edu/exploring-the-future-of-the-pennsylvania-dairy-industry

Members of the Dairy Future Commission will share the recent recommendations they have given to the legislature on behalf of the dairy industry in an upcoming webinar, Exploring the Future of the Pennsylvania Dairy Industry, on Wednesday, August 12 from 12 to 1:15 p.m. Hosted by Center for Dairy Excellence and Penn State Cooperative Extension
Here's a link to register for the free webinar:
https://www.rural.palegislature.us/resources.html#july21a

U.S. Census Bureau
08/10/2020

U.S. Census Bureau

Do you know how your community is responding to the #2020Census? Explore the Response Rate Map with your kids today! Challenge all of your friends and family members to complete the census for their household too. https://go.usa.gov/xfPHb

08/05/2020

✍️The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is conducting a survey of nonprofit organizations, financial institutions, government agencies, and other community organizations on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting underserved and low-income communities. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Here's more info on taking the survey: https://www.rural.palegislature.us/resources.html#august4a

Address

625 Forster Street #902
Harrisburg, PA
17120

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

Telephone

(717) 787-9555

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About the Center

The Center promotes and sustains the vitality of Pennsylvania's rural and small communities by:


  • sponsoring research projects to identify policy options for legislative and executive branch consideration and action;

  • collecting data on trends and conditions to understand the diversity of rural Pennsylvania;

  • publishing information and research results to inform and educate audiences about the diverse people and communities of rural Pennsylvania; and

  • participating in local, state and national forums on rural issues to present and learn from best practices.

  • Comments

    Greetings from the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Rural & Remote Medicine Club (RRMC)! Our club is very active, and we are seeking out new opportunities for research/service/learning.
    Heads up, we need help supporting SB820 (PA Senate Bill 820) Limited liability for farmers having the public on their farm for corn mazes, pick your own, farmstays, farm markets, agritourism. Bill is in committee, meeting with negative feedback. Call your Senator and voice your support for agritourism limited liability. Ohio farmers have been supported since Aug. 2016 and 25 other states have passed similar bills. What about PA farmers that market to the public on their farms ? Please contact your Senator and make sure PA farmers have coverage too. Thank you