Rural Economic Development Innovation (REDI) Initiative
What is REDI?
The Rural Economic Development Innovation (REDI) initiative provides free technical assistance for up to two years to help rural towns and regions create and implement economic development plans.
USDA’s Innovation Center created the REDI initiative to support recommendations identified in the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. The recommendations outline steps to develop the rural economy and support quality of life.
How it Works
In September 2018, USDA awarded $1.2 million in cooperative agreements to four capacity-building organizations offering specialized planning expertise. The agreements help the partners finance the free assistance.
In June 2019, USDA and its partners selected 48 rural communities and regions on a competitive basis to receive planning assistance from one of the four partner organizations.
The planning process will continue through September 2020.
Who are the Partners?
- National Association of Counties Research Foundation
- Rural Community Assistance Partnership
- McClure Engineering Company
- Purdue University Extension
- Community & Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky
Hear about the Impact of REDI from our Partners
- USDA Makes Economic Development Grants Around the Country
- USDA Names 47 Rural Communities that will Get Economic Development Help
- Actuality: Why are Rural Development Grants Important?
- Actuality: Community Development Work Needs Local Buy-In
- Actuality: USDA Aims to Stem Brain Drain in Rural Communities
- Actuality: REDI Grants Help Communities Learn From Each Other
- Actuality: USDA Initiative Seeks to Attract "Boomerang" Generation
In the News
- USDA Seeks Applications for Projects that Support Strategic Economic and Community Development Across Jurisdictions (PDF, 183 KB)
- USDA Invites Applications for Funding to Support Rural Economic Development Planning (PDF, 38 KB)
- USDA Announces 47 Rural Communities and Regions that will Receive Technical Assistance to Help Build Long-Term Economic Growth
National Association of Counties Research Foundation
Rural Community Assistance Partnership
Purdue University and the University of Kentucky
Lionel J. Beaulieu
USDA Innovation Center