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The Rural Development Innovation Center is hard-wired into USDA’s customer-driven approach in helping communities achieve prosperity across rural America. The Center applies cutting-edge techniques to provide innovative products and services to its rural customers.
The Center works to improve prosperity for rural communities through its three divisions: Strategic Engagement, Data Analytics and Regulations Management.
Learn more about the Center’s three divisions and the innovative resources they have created to help rural customers thrive.
Initiatives to Support Rural America
The Innovation Center is supporting the following initiatives to help bring prosperity to rural America.
USDA established RWIN to create a forum for public and private partners to help increase access to workforce opportunities across rural America. This network represents governmental entities, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses that are actively working to improve workforce development in their local communities.
This initiative provides planning support and technical assistance to foster placemaking activities in rural communities. Funds will help enhance capacity for broadband access; preserve cultural and historic structures; and support the development of transportation, housing, and recreational spaces.
Opportunity Zones bring long-term investments to low-income communities, creating economic activity and jobs. Rural Development has five programs that offer priority points to fiscal year 2020 applications for projects located in Opportunity Zones.
REDI provides free technical assistance for up to two years to help rural towns and regions create and implement economic development plans.
Tools and Resources
The Rural Development Innovation Center is in a unique position to collaborate with its Federal partners and rural leaders at the local level to identify solutions to challenges facing rural America. The Center works with its partners to develop resource guides and toolkits to make it easier to navigate the many opportunities available at USDA to help rural communities thrive.
This guide addresses key factors necessary to build a sustainable recreational economy including natural resource management, conservation activities, infrastructure investment, business development and more.
This resource 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.
This resource 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.