A Rural Colorado Coal County Was Struggling. Then A Tech Company Brought New Jobs

When the mines in the North Fork Valley started laying off employees, Eric and Teresa Neal hired and retrained former coal miners to learn how to work with fiber optic cable.

For the first time in years, Delta County in western Colorado is experiencing population growth, one indicator that rural Americans are increasingly feeling optimistic about their economic future.

(Image credit: Meredith Rizzo/NPR)