RFI Community Innovation Fellow | Tiffany Crouse
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- [00:00:00.274]My name's Tiffany Crouse, I am the director
- [00:00:02.582]of the Downtown Center Association in Hastings, Nebraska.
- [00:00:05.975]Rural is dynamic, it means different things
- [00:00:09.360]to different people, and rural has a
- [00:00:12.826]diverse explanation to it, and it has
- [00:00:16.476]a diversity all of its own.
- [00:00:18.853]And I think that the reason why I am passionate
- [00:00:21.597]about it is because I can really tap in to
- [00:00:25.681]why things connect, because everything connects
- [00:00:28.641]in a rural community.
- [00:00:30.309]Everyone knows everyone, but then we're all very
- [00:00:33.350]interdependent upon each other in order to be successful.
- [00:00:36.391]I need you to shop at my store, you need my product,
- [00:00:39.623]I need you to have money so I need you
- [00:00:41.835]to sell your farm goods, or your items.
- [00:00:46.024]And so we're so interdependent and interconnected
- [00:00:48.800]and I think that we need to focus on how that ripples out
- [00:00:54.561]to our larger metropolis areas in Nebraska.
- [00:00:59.522]RFI allows you to come to the table without having
- [00:01:04.133]to have an advanced degree if you don't have one.
- [00:01:06.856]It allows everyone to have a voice and we need
- [00:01:10.443]more voices to be empowered in our state.
- [00:01:14.332]And right now, we have a lot of really quiet people
- [00:01:17.952]and they don't have a voice, and they don't even know
- [00:01:20.992]how to advocate for that, and RFI gives us the tools
- [00:01:24.217]to do that, it gives us a voice.
- [00:01:26.621]It amplifies our purpose and our passion for our state
- [00:01:32.067]and it makes it so that we have value,
- [00:01:35.165]even when we don't always see it ourselves.
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