Wednesday, February 20, 2019

USDA, partners seek rural applicants for technical help to implement economic-development planning projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and four partners are accepting applications from rural communities and regions for free technical assistance to implement economic development planning projects.

Through the Rural Economic Development Innovation (REDI) initiative, USDA is partnering with the National Association of Counties, the  Rural Community Assistance Partnership, McClure Engineering Co., Purdue University Extension, and the Center for Economic Development In Kentucky at the University of Kentucky.

Participation in REDI will enable a rural community, or region, to create economic development plans that include evidence-based assessments; quantifiable goals; plans to improve the local and regional economy; and metrics to track implementation and progress.

Rural communities with 50,000 or fewer people are eligible to join the competitive application process. Learn more or check out the REDI initiative fact sheet.

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