Rural Opportunity Zones

While small towns continue to lose population to cities, they're working to reverse that migration.  We talk with a panel of Kansans who made the decision to come back about how they're encouraging others to do the same. 


The Kansas Senate has voted to expand a program aimed at stopping population loss in rural Kansas counties. Some counties with declining populations have been designated as so-called Rural Opportunity Zones. The program helps repay student loans and offers income tax credits to attract people to those counties.

Senator Les Donovan, a Republican from Wichita, says the program has helped rural areas.

“These are counties that are small population and losing population.  This tends to stabilize their population a great deal,” says Donovan.