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e2 In-Depth: Marginalized Rural Americans

By: Don Macke, e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, with  Kimberlee Spillers

e2- September 2021


These days, America seems so divided and too much of rural America’s landscape is challenged by increasingly marginalized populations. In the September feature piece, Marginalized Rural Americans, Economic Development Implications, we discuss some causes and effects of marginalization and provide a recommended reading list for additional information. In a related paper, Sharing the Wealth of America, America’s Dream of Upward Mobility, we dive into the history of the labor movement in the country and how changes have contributed to the disconnection between worker compensation and productivity.

Read more and listen to the accompanying podcasts.


NetWork Kansas is the home for e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, which is led by Don Macke, who has more than 40 years of community economic development and policy experience. The partnership between NetWork Kansas and e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems provides a platform to offer learning institutes, a consulting network, analytics support and mentoring to benefit the entrepreneurs, small businesses, resource partners and communities in Kansas as well as nationally.