USDA Rural Development’s Rural Partners Network (RPN) is transforming how the federal government partners with rural communities to foster economic growth. With an alliance of federal agencies and civic partners, RPN helps create jobs, build infrastructure, and improve communities throughout rural America.
For evidence, look no further than Emanuel County and Twin City, Georgia, home to one of several community networks across the country participating in RPN.
Recently, USDA RD met with Twin City Mayor Matt Donaldson and key community decision-makers to discuss the launch of RPN in Emanuel County. The network will allow the community to access resources within partnering agencies to develop investment strategies that build on local recreation, tourism, and business opportunities.
“This is where the exciting work begins,” said Christine Sorensen, USDA RD.
This year USDA RD made its first investment in the community through the Rural Development Community Facilities Program, which funded a limb truck. The equipment aided in the disposition of tree limbs, construction site debris, household furniture, and disaster site wreckage.
“This was the first of many, we anticipate,” said Rural Development Georgia State Director Reggie Taylor. USDA staff in Georgia have identified several programs that could help with additional needs.
The community is looking forward to addressing other priorities including infrastructure improvements such as correcting water and sewer infill issues and building sidewalks and curbing. By working with USDA and other federal agencies in RPN, local officials can ensure investments align with the unique vision the people of Emanuel County have for the place they call home.
Not only will RPN create opportunities in places like Emanuel County, but it also provides a blueprint for how federal agencies can better serve rural communities everywhere.
To learn more about the Rural Partners Network, visit www.rural.gov.