The 80-55 Coalition is a growing nonpartisan group of advocacy, policy and research organizations dedicated to strengthening rural America. Together, we work toward educating policy makers and key decision makers on rural issues to ensure economic prosperity, increased cultural and social contributions, and the preservation of open spaces that intrinsically define “rural.â€

Simultaneously, the coalition inspires the public, the media and subject matter experts to take action and participate in substantive discussions on existing and emerging rural issues affecting all aspects of rural life from family farms to small towns. One of the key goals of the coalition is to ensure that the myths associated with rural America are dispelled and that rural America’s contributions to the nation are acknowledged.