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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 regulations management.

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.

Tools for Innovation

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Resource Guide: Collaborating for Prosperity with American Indians and Alaska Natives

This new tribal resource guide (PDF, 2 MB) showcases a complete list of Rural Development programs that help to ensure rural families, businesses and communities on America’s tribal lands have the resources they need to prosper.

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Rural Economic Development Innovation (REDI)

In 2019, USDA and its partners selected 48 rural communities and regions on a competitive basis to receive planning assistance from one of four partner organizations. The partners are the National Association of Counties Research Foundation, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, McClure Engineering Company, and Purdue University Extension & Community Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky.

To learn more about this opportunity, download the REDI Fact Sheet (PDF, 123 KB). For questions, contact

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e-Connectivity Toolkit: Broadband Resource Guide

The e-Connectivity Toolkit (PDF, 4.3 MB) features 27 USDA programs that support broadband deployment. Each program is organized by customer and project type to help users identify resources that support planning, construction, research and other e-Connectivity projects. Resources are available from: Rural Development, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Forest Service.

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OneRD Guaranteed Loan Rule

To improve agency efficiency in program delivery, customer service and program utilization, the Innovation Center is working to streamline and consolidate four Rural Development loan guarantee regulations into a single regulation. Learn more about the OneRD Guaranteed Loan rule.

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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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Expanding Broadband Service in Rural Areas

USDA encourages tribal communities to learn more about the ReConnect Program to determine how it can help address broadband infrastructure needs.

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Technical Assistance Makes USDA’s Water Infrastructure Application Process Easier

Technical assistance providers can help your community better understand the USDA application process from start to finish.

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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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