Welcome! The study is directed at understanding changes in social and economic conditions of rural communities, and adapting a framework that builds sustainable communities. The orientation of this study is to enhance the capacity of rural communities to frame regional development of natural amenities, like grassland protection, as opportunities to strengthen their social and economic well-being. The two case studies are Jasper County, Iowa and Will County, Illinois. This project has been funded by the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture and runs January 2016 to December 2019.