SACRAMENTO,CA – Rural Alliance, Inc. (RAI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, established and led by rural county supervisors, is pursuing its mission to advance the understanding of issues impacting rural California amongst policymakers and the public. Through facilitating research and educational opportunities, RAI brings attention to the unique challenges faced by California’s rural communities. As part of this effort, www.ruralallianceinc.org was recently launched, which provides a platform to showcase RAI’s projects and highlight initiatives.
"Rural Alliance, Inc. is committed to expanding the scope of knowledge and elevating awareness about the formidable obstacles confronting rural communities in California," said Aaron Albaugh, RAI Board Chair and Lassen County Board Supervisor. "We believe that by facilitating educational activities and research, we can help address the needs of rural communities and develop evidence-based solutions that effectively address the challenges."
RAI’s efforts include organizing educational tours to rural counties, providing lawmakers and stakeholders with a firsthand look at the impact of current policies on rural communities. At this time, RAI is in the process of coordinating its inaugural tour to highlight the challenges of maintaining and supporting tourism and recreational experiences in rural California.
In addition to educational tours, RAI collaborates with research institutions to develop high-quality, data-driven research on the impacts of federal and state policymaking on rural communities. Each year the RAI Board of Directors identifies a research project for sponsorship. For 2023, the Board identified housing capacity challenges in rural communities as the top priority and has partnered with a university on a research project.
RAI is an affiliate entity of the Rural County Representatives of California, a forty-member county service organization that champions policies on behalf of California's rural counties.
For more information and future updates on RAI’s efforts to support rural communities, visit www.ruralallianceinc.org.