Economic and Rural Development

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Revitalize your community through the resources listed here. Use this page as a starting point for your rural development needs.


The White House Rural Council

United States White House.

 Job creation and economic development are the focus areas outlined by the council.

Main street in a small town: Copyright iStock Photos Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America

USDA. Economic Research Service.

 Tool to identify rural areas of the United States.

Main Street Sign: Copyright iStock Photos Need Rural Facts? Try the 2014 Edition of Rural America at a Glance

U.S. Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service.

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."

Rural Main Street businesses: Copyright iStock Photos 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.

State and Local Government Information

Library of Congress. Serial and Government Publications Division. Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room.

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."

Community Development

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.

Corporation for Enterprise Development

Corporation for Enterprise Development.

National Association of Counties

National Association of Counties.

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.

Smart Growth Online

Sustainable Communities Network. Smart Growth Network.

"Works to encourage development that serves the economy, community and the environment."

Economic Development

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Heartland Center for Leadership Development

The Heartland Center for Leadership Development.

Programs range from workshops for small town leadership groups through multi-year projects assessing the impact of national community development models.

Heartland Center for Leadership Development
3110 N. 40th Street, Suite A
Lincoln, Nebraska 68504
Fax: (402) 474-7672

Asset-Based Community Development Institute

Northwestern University. Institute for Policy Research. Community Development Program.

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

Community and Rural Development Institute

Community and Rural Development Institute.


Institute for Rural America.

"Whether you live in town or in the country, you enjoy the harvest of those living and working in rural America. And we have much to enjoy and appreciate."

Community Tool Box

University of Kansas.