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Policymakers deploying federal resources must understand and respect the landscape of local actors that shape rural power structures.
State and local policymakers can combine a new typology and dashboard with local data sources to ensure investments are targeted to changing rural realities.
Policymakers can use environmental justice principles to prioritize cleaning the worst-emitting power plants and ensure the electric vehicle transition doesn’t disproportionately affect communities where people with low incomes and people of color are most likely to live.
If policymakers want to achieve greater racial equity, they can promote and fund placemaking activities in three key ways that align equitable placemaking with infrastructure investments. 
With an equitably minded transit funding program, the US could improve access to mobility, improve quality of life, and help more families travel to essential needs.
The US could successfully move millions of trips onto trains, which would help the environment and increase access to mobility nationwide.
Municipal broadband is one example of how the federal government can promote local policy innovation, even in states that tend to preempt a broader range of local laws.
Insights from Mexico's Minister of Housing and Urban Development can help inform how the federal government should influence local-level infrastructure.
History and evidence from abroad suggest better planning and collaboration across the federal government could improve how communities are built and ensure their residents have access to more equitable outcomes.

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