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In 2003 the Center for Rural Strategies and thousands of other individuals and organizations across the country stopped CBS Television from producing "The Real Beverly Hillbillies," a proposed reality show based on the old situation comedy. The idea was to find a poor rural family, move them to a Hollywood mansion, and make a reality TV show out of their encounters with affluence and hip culture.
The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) encourages banks to provide a modest amount of loans, investments, and services to poor and marginalized communities in their service areas. CRA has helped both hard-hit rural and urban communities create for themselves the services and facilities that more affluent communities take for granted.
A Place in the Country is a one-hour television documentary, narrated by Ray Suarez, that examines the impact of seven rural community development organizations located throughout the United States.