Virginia’s rural localities play a vital role in ensuring the economic and cultural success of the Commonwealth. Rural communities produce much of our food and energy, provide us with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, and care for many of our natural resources. Life in rural communities can be a joy with more access to nature, a slower pace in life, and reasonable costs of living. Yet, for all these contributions and benefits, rural communities have their own unique challenges and difficulties. Ranging from a lack of adequate internet access to dips in economic development to population decline, these issues produce an uncertain future for rural localities. The purpose of the VACo Rural Caucus then is to provide a platform for these communities to discuss these challenges with an eye toward innovative solutions, and to provide helpful resources.