About Us

The Rebuild Rural Infrastructure Coalition is comprised of more than 200 organizations from across the country focused on rural communities, U.S. agricultural producers, rural businesses, and rural families. The Rebuild Rural Coalition is dedicated to advocating for investment in rural America's infrastructure and understands that rural Ameri­ca's infrastructure needs are fundamentally different. 


Past infrastructure initiatives often focused on urban and suburban areas while not adequately addressing the unique needs of rural communities. Rural communities have seen their infrastructure deteriorate, jeopardizing their jobs, their families' health and wellbeing and their competitiveness in both agricultural and other industries important to rural America. 


American agriculture truly feeds the world and creates millions of jobs for U.S. workers. Our nation's ability to produce food and fiber and transport it efficiently across the globe is a critical factor in U.S. competitiveness internationally. Our deteriorating infrastructure threatens this leadership position and negatively impacts the ability of rural Ameri­cans to do their jobs. 


Transportation infrastructure improvement to highways, bridges, railways, locks and dams, harbors and port facilities is the most obvious need in rural communities, but not the only need that must be addressed. In addition, critical needs exist in providing clean water for rural families, affordable housing options for rural residents, expanding broadband to connect rural communities to the outside world, updating Ag research facilities so the rural economy can stay competitive and enhancing the ability to supply affordable, reliable and secure power for the rural economy. 


Federal investment in infrastructure plays a vital role in repairing and expanding our nation's infrastructure, however federal funds cannot fully meet the vast diversity of needs. This is why public-private partnerships and other creative solutions are necessary to meet the challenges of rural America. In order for infrastructure funding to be utilized to the highest degree, we must ease burdensome regulations and outdated statutory requirements, as well as fund projects in a way that ensures completion in a timely manner. 


The Rebuild Rural Infrastructure Coalition looks forward to begin addressing the nation's infrastructure needs, and will stand as a resource for addressing the infrastructure needs of rural America. 

Our Issues

Ag Research

  • Federal government should continue its history of supporting agricultural research. 
  • Cutting-edge research is being conducted in outdated agriculture research infrastructure.
  • $8.4 billion in total deferred maintenance outstanding in Ag Research building and infrastructure. 
Ag Research

Healthcare

  • 80 rural hospitals closed since 2010, 673 facilities are vulnerable, making up 1/3+ of facilities.
  • Funding needed for 77% of rural counties in Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas.
  • Telehealth, combined with broadband, facilitates early diagnosis and treatment in rural areas that can lead to lower health care costs. 
Healthcare

Broadband

  • Broadband is vital to economic development, education, agriculture, health care and public safety activities.
  • The High-Cost Universal Service Fund lacks sufficient resources to reach rate/service parity for rural and urban areas. 
  • Less federal regulatory burden for permits and access to government lands would boost investment in rural broadband. 
Broadband

Housing

  • Low income rural Americans depend on multifamily housing loans through USDA Rural Development.
  • Need to modernize housing programs such as MPR and Section 538 and Section 521.
  • Rural communities need senior care facilities, higher proportion of population over 50 years old.
Housing

Energy

  • RUS loan program helps modernize the grid, combat cyber threats and integrate renewable energy.
  • RUS loans produce net income for the Treasury - approximately $300 million in 2016.
  • Reducing the regulatory burden on RUS loans and infrastructure siting would increase development.
Energy

Transportation

  • Most of our locks and dams are dilapidated and have outlived their 50-year design lifespan.
  • Waterways are critical corridors of commerce and supported $128 billion in ag exports in 2015.
  • Most of the US transportation system is rural: 74% of bridges and 73% of roads.
Transportation

Financing

  • Access to affordable and long-term financing options is critical for rural infrastructure projects. 
  • Rural infrastructure facilities often are smaller, don't attract major financial institutions.
  • Federal funding often is limited for rural projects, private sector financing partners are needed.
Financing

Water

  • 94%+ of U.S. drinking water utilities supply communities with fewer than 10,000 persons.
  • USDA Water and Waste Water program backlog is $2.5 billion, with 995 pending applications.
  • Aging and deteriorating systems beyond their useful life and have the greatest health needs, need priority.
Water

Our Partners

Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference
Federation of Southern Cooperatives Rural Training and Research Center
Michigan Bean Shippers
Northeast Association of Electric Cooperatives
Panhandle Peanut Growers Association
SE Minnesota Grain and Feed Dealers
Utah Rural Electric Association
Virginia Telecommunications Industry Association
West Virginia FFA and Agricultural Education
West Virginia Poultry Association
Western Peanut Growers Association
Women Involved in Farm Economics
Wyoming Rural Electric Association