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.

people typing on a keyboards: Copyright iStock Photos 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."

Somone holding a bunch of vegetables: Copyright IStock Photos 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."

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.

Copyright iStock Photo family standing together Find Youth Information from the Government

Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs.

" 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.

Association for Community Design

Association for Community Design.

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."

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.

A variety of interplanted crops including sunflowers 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.

Rural Telecommunications Congress

Rural Telecommunications Congress.

Windmill Energy Programs

USDA. Rural Development

Includes information on the Rural Energy for America Programs (REAP).

National Association of Counties

National Association of Counties.

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."