Michelle chats with Valerie Lefler, the executive director of Feonix, and a recognized international expert in rural transportation and mobility service. In the last 18 months, Feonix has launched programs in five states, developing relationship with notable partners, including the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, Easterseals, AARP’s Office of Driver Safety; and the Michigan Department of Transportation. Lefler is very familiar with rural issues having grown up on a large dairy farm in southeast Nebraska, where the family managed more than 300 cattle and 700 acres of crop producing land. In this episode, you’ll hear how Feonix helps fill the transportation gaps in rural communities; why transportation really matters in rural; and the role transportation plays in economic development and job growth in the rural sector. This episode was sponsored by the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), frs.org; and Feonix, which is dedicated to supporting mobility for vulnerable and underserved populations. Visit feonixmobilityrising.org to learn more.