When it comes to high-tech innovations, the United States leads the path amongst OECD
economies. However, in the context of the national record-breaking activities in high
tech innovation, there lies distinct and growing geographical disparities. This report
dives into strategies for better understanding innovation that occurs in rural places,
and places outside major metropolitan areas, often going beyond science and technology.
It provides analysis and recommendations to support regional development initiatives
aimed at closing the gaps in innovation between rural and urban areas. The report
includes a special topic chapter on the role of broadband and education in rural areas,
exploring trends and providing policy recommendations to enhance rural innovation
through these specific and critical framework conditions.