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Rural Development Innovation Center

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What can USDA do differently to serve your rural community?

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Secretary Perdue created the Rural Development Innovation Center to identify and develop new tools to better serve rural communities in achieving prosperity.

The Innovation Center is hard-wired into USDA’s structure with a mission to identify best practices and bring continuous improvement in program delivery to enhance the quality of life in rural communities. The Center works to transform rural communities through strategic partnerships, data analytics and evaluation, and regulatory reform.

This forum was created for you – our rural customer. Please join the conversation and share your ideas about effective actions that will make rural communities stronger.

Best Practices

The Innovation Center supports a forward-focused agency that is able to supply local leaders with new and fresh solutions. One method the Center uses to accomplish this goal is to identify best practices that highlight new approaches in program delivery to be replicated in communities throughout rural America.

Three best practices that can be replicated in your town:

 
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Public-Private Partnerships Fuel Renewable Energy Infrastructure in Brunswick, Maine

USDA Rural Development and agency partners collaborate to help fund the largest solar installation to date in the state of Maine.

 
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Critical Infrastructure Supports Next Generation of Tribal Leaders in Central Oregon

Every child born in the Warm Springs Reservation will benefit from e-Connectivity access, a high-quality education and expanded opportunity.

 
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Rural Development Hosts First-Ever OneRD National Lender Forum

Rural Development convened lender and financial partners at the National Lender Forum to strengthen public-private partnerships and expand access to capital in rural communities.

Resources

The Innovation Center evaluates the outcomes USDA programs generate and how these programs and services have truly helped to transform a rural community. To do this, the Center focuses its efforts across Rural Development to support the priorities of Infrastructure, Partnerships, and Innovation (IPI).

Key resources that support these priorities are:

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Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program

The Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program can be used to build, renovate, equip, or rehabilitate essential community facilities such as hospitals, mental health clinics, withdrawal centers, educational facilities, and more. To learn more about this program, contact your local state USDA Rural Development office.
 

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Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan and Grant Program

The Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan and Grant Program can provide funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. To learn more about this program, contact your local state USDA Rural Development office.
 

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Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantees Program

The Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantees Program can help private lenders provide affordable financing to qualified borrowers to improve access to clean, reliable water and waste disposal systems for households and businesses in rural areas. To learn more about this program, contact your local state USDA Rural Development office.

Beyond USDA, Secretary Perdue chaired an interagency task force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity, which was created by President Donald J. Trump in 2017. In January 2018, the Task Force released a series of recommendations to increase rural prosperity and improve quality of life in rural America.

Additional Resources

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Key Publications and Related Program Information

Rural Development publishes a wide variety of publication including brochures, fact sheets, reports and more.

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Rural Development State Contacts

Contact your local office for more information on Rural Development programs and services.

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