One of our polarized country’s most pronounced challenges is the growing divide between rural and urban America. It is a gap that includes significant variations in economic opportunities and what can be debilitating disparities in critical modern infrastructure, such as access to high-speed internet. It is a gap that also includes sometimes stark social and political differences. Understanding and effectively addressing this divide is essential for the well-being of our democracy.
Jen Giovannitti is the president of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, a place-based funder dedicated to rural communities that generally invests two-thirds of its grant dollars in West Virginia and one-third in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
On April 15 at 7 p.m., watch an interview with Giovannitti as part of the latest installment of the Preserving Democracy web series, sponsored by the Institute of Politics and the Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy.