Stopping The Rural Brain Drain

NMiF: Brain Drain

July 14, 2017 - Many rural communities in New Mexico are losing population and searching for ways to restore lost economic vitality. In many parts of the state there are very few high-quality jobs and the jobs that do exist often pay less than public assistance. Young people have the impression that if they’re going to make a career and succeed they need to leave. And in many cases that may be true. Correspondent Gwyneth Doland sits down with two people who are working hard to create rural communities that thrive, where young people want to stay or come back.

  • Terry Brunner is the former state director the US Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. He is now the cofounder of the nonprofit Grow New Mexico.
  • Christina Campos is the administrator of the Guadalupe County Hospital and president of the Guadalupe County Economic Development Corp.

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