Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2013 - (Page 11)
From the President
RURAL AMERICA, LIKE the rest of America, is diverse. Rural
America, like the rest of America, is changing.
It’s been said that today’s decisions determine tomorrow’s destiny, and rural
residents and policymakers face many decisions that will determine the destiny of
the water and wastewater industry, as well as rural America’s destiny.
Rural America is the foundation of our economy. It’s where our food is produced,
our energy generated and our fuel and raw material mined. We’re being asked to
make decisions on what the economic needs, opportunities and possibilities are in
rural areas – and, ultimately, how rural areas and people can achieve the goals
Rural America has been and continues to be a vital part of the nation. Today,
rural America is comprised of 2,288 counties. It contains 83 percent of the nation’s
land and is home to 21 percent (51 million) of its people. Rural counties supply
18 percent of the nation’s jobs and generate 14 percent of its earnings. Rural people
BY DOUG ANDERTON,
and communities are engaged in a wide range of economic activities – from manuNRWA PRESIDENT
facturing to mining, from recreational services to agriculture and everything in
Concern for rural America, its conditions and its future, is real.
And, while rural America is a producer of critical goods and services,
our concerns go beyond economics. Rural America is also home
The ambiance of rural America is not
to a ﬁfth of the nation’s people; keeper of most of our natural
a myth — it’s as real as the people
amenities and national treasures, and the guardians of a unique
part of American culture, tradition and history.
who reside there, who cherish oldThe ambiance of rural America is not a myth — it’s as real as
fashioned values, who are neighborly
the people who reside there, who cherish old-fashioned values, who
are neighborly and know what it is to be hospitable. People who travel
and know what it is to be hospitable.
rural America are looking for something special. They want to “experience” merchandise that is home grown or homemade. They know
that heritage shapes a community and rural communities preserve
their heritage, and therefore, their integrity. Visitors to rural America
ﬁnd worth in historic relics, architecture and art. They enjoy touring
a small, local museum, shopping for antiques, and ending their day with a quiet
dinner. They enjoy festivals where family is still the focal point, and ﬁnally, they
respect the opportunity to create their own memories.
Rural Water has been a part of America for more years than even I can remember.
With your help, we’ll continue to be at the forefront in promoting “everything rural.”
Rural is our middle name, but, more importantly, deﬁnes WHO we are!
Think rural and small communities. Thank rural America
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2013
FROM THE PRESIDENT
PROJECTS THAT START IN RURAL AMERICA TOUCH THE LIVES OF ALL AMERICANS
WHAT DOES RURAL MEAN?
PROTECTING THE LAND
THE POWER OF AN ASSOCIATION
OLD CONSERVATION IDEA STILL IN VOGUE
THROWING MY LOOP
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ ADVERTISERS.COM
FROM THE CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2013
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