Purdue, USDA to Bring Assistance to Rural Areas

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The USDA Rural Development has named 47 rural communities and regions that will receive assistance to develop long-term economic development plans. The federal agency’s Rural Development Innovation Center is partnering with the Purdue Center for Regional Development and the Purdue Extension Community Development program as well as three other partners to support the initiative.

The Purdue team will give assistance to four sites located in the Midwest region of the country while the University of Kentucky team will focus on four rural communities in the south.

The four Midwest sites are in Indiana, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Rural communities with 50,000 or fewer people were eligible to apply for assistance.

“Our PCRD and Extension team has a strong record of engagement with communities and regions across the U.S. Furthermore, our current activities are closely aligned with the five focus areas noted in the Task Force report, said Bo Beaulieu, PCRD director and assistant director of the Purdue Extension Community Development Program, in a news release. “We are excited by our selection as one of the four national cooperators and look forward to partnering with our USDA Rural Development and land-grant university colleagues to guide the economic plans the eight communities and regions will be developing and launching over the next 18-24 months.”

You can find more on the communities to receive assistance by clicking here.

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