Community Development Resources

Rural Information Center provides access to information for Community Development in each of the subject areas listed below.


Landscape painting Arts and Humanities

Rural American Heritage is a part of any community. Find resources and information on American heritage and folklife through local programs, museums and online publications.

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Includes how-to-start a business, business plans, statistical data, and where to look for funding with state and local contacts.

Rural mainstreet Economic and Rural Development

Provides links to agencies and organizations, planning guides, case studies, funding programs, contacts, statistical data, and publications.

Police officers standing infront of the police vehicle Law Enforcement and Crime

USDA. NAL. Rural Information Center.

Police and first responder informational resources that include planning documents, case studies, statistical data, funding programs and online publications.

Native American family Native Americans

USDA. NAL. Rural Information Center.

Contains links to Native American organizations, planning tools, case studies, funding programs, federal, state and local contacts, statistical data and online publications.

Satellite dish in farm yard Telecommunications

Provides links to community resources for telecommunications including planning resources, case studies, funding programs, contact directories, organizations and federal agencies working in this area, and online publications.

Barcode with "Made in USA" text: Copyright iStock Photos USDA Releases State-by-State "Made in Rural America" Report

U.S. Department of Agriculture.

State by State profiles.