Revitalize your community through the resources listed here. Use this page as a starting point for your rural development needs.
Economic and Rural Development
The White House Rural Council
United States White House.
Job creation and economic development are the focus areas outlined by the council.
Need Rural Facts? Try the 2014 Edition of Rural America at a Glance
U.S. Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service.
Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America
USDA. Economic Research Service.
Tool to identify rural areas of the United States.
Connecting Rural Communities
Southern Rural Development Center’s National e-Commerce Extension Initiative.
"Connecting Rural Communities, the most recently released curriculum in the National E-Commerce Initiative, is designed to help rural communities. This guide is designed to enhance the use and adoption of information technology tools and infrastructure in rural communities."
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food
United States Department of Agriculture.
A USDA initiative to promote sustainable local and regional food systems that will support small and mid-sized farms and ranches, strengthen rural communities, promote healthy eating, and protect our natural resources.
Amber Waves: The Economics of Food, Farming, Natural Resources and Rural America
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
"Stay connected with the Amber Waves app for tablets. Subscribe to the quarterly magazine on iTunes or Google Play."
Find Youth Information from the Government
Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs.
"FindYouthInfo.gov is the U.S. government Web site that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs."
State and Local Government Information
Library of Congress. Serial and Government Publications Division. Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room.
Rural Economy & Population
USDA. Economic Research Service.
Topical area that includes Business & Industry; Employment and Education; Natural Amenities; Population & Migration; Rural Classifications; Rural Development Policy; Rural Poverty & Well-being information.
National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative
National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative.
"Represents the advanced telecommunications and information technology interests of more than 1,400 rural utilities and affiliates in 47 states."
Association for Community Design
Association for Community Design.
Canadian Rural Information Service
Government of Canada.
Downtown Economic Development Tools
University of Wisconsin. Cooperative Extension Service. The Center for Community and Economic Development.
"This web site is, "designed to help local business leaders, entrepreneurs, developers, and economic development professionals understand the changing marketplace and identify business and real estate development opportunities that are both realistic and sensible for the downtowns in their communities."
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
"The community development function within the Federal Reserve promotes fair and informed access to financial markets for communities and individuals, recognizing the particular needs of underserved populations."
Community Development Society
Community Development Society.
Natural Resource Conservation Service Programs
USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Lists all of NRCS's natural resources conservation programs. These programs help people increase wildlife habitat, reduce soil erosion, reduce damages caused by natural disasters, enhance water supplies and improve water quality.
Corporation for Enterprise Development
Corporation for Enterprise Development.
USDA. Rural Development
Includes information on the Rural Energy for America Programs (REAP).
National Association of Counties
National Association of Counties.
Rural Telecommunications Congress
Rural Telecommunications Congress.
Telecommunications Service for Rural America
Federal Communications Commission.
National Association of Development Organizations
National Association of Development Organizations.
National Association of Regional Councils
National Association of Regional Councils.
Rural Development Leadership Network
Rural Development Leadership Network.
Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Local Initiatives Support Corporation.
Smart Growth Online
Sustainable Communities Network. Smart Growth Network.
"Works to encourage development that serves the economy, community and the environment."