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"Huge fan of Rural Intelligence. It's simply hands down the BEST website in the region!"

Thanks to our new subscribers, who have demonstrated their love for Rural Intelligence in dollars and encouragement, we will be able to continue publishing. But we’ve learned that we can’t go it alone and that the community we strive to foster is there for us. Like so many other online publications, our future will depend greatly on the continuing support of readers. Encouraging new readers to subscribe, in conjunction with advertising, will be a permanent way of conducting business.

Like most of the small private businesses in our neck of the woods, we seem to operate on a not-for-profit model: We do what we do for the greater good, for love more than money. Although we have dozens of loyal advertisers, our revenues are no longer sufficient to cover our costs and pay our employees a modest salary. We are thus asking as many of you as possible to become a supporter of Rural Intelligence by pledging $5 a month to keep the website sustainable.

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The Rural Intelligence story

Ten years ago this month, Rural Intelligence launched on the morning after we covered our first party, the Rock the Opera benefit for I.S. 183 Art School of the Berkshires. Since then, we have taken pictures at some 1,000 fundraising benefits for nonprofit cultural, community, and social service organizations.

Over the years, we’ve been the first one to tell you about the opening of hundreds of dining options— from restaurants and distilleries to farmers markets and recipes to cook at home— as we've introduced you to all sorts of stores that contribute to our cherished rural life. We have championed small, local businesses and encouraged you to support the bookstores, farmers markets, bakeries, home furnishing emporiums, and general stores that give our region its distinctive character.

We like to think we’ve been good neighbors.

As you know, we send out two newsletters 50 weeks a year: one every Tuesday and one every Thursday, along with a weekly radio broadcast. We bet that each week we introduce you to at least one or two places you’ve never heard of or visited before. Sixty dollars a year seems a reasonable sum for all that (free) neighborly advice and all we do to keep our four-county community connected.

As we approach our 10th anniversary, we have exciting plans that involve upgrading our website and celebrating with Rural Intelligence reader and advertiser get-togethers throughout the region. If you choose to support us, we’ll be sure to put you on the party list. 

We’ve been here for you for a decade. Please click on one of the buttons to become a paying supporter, and let us know that you’re here for us.

Thank you for your loyalty and support.

Mark Williams, Publisher & Lisa Green, Editor