Two groups in the state have been selected for a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program designed to boost business and job creation by taking a regional approach. As part of the Stronger Economies Together initiative, the southern and east central Indiana groups will partner with Purdue University community and regional development professionals.
The school says staff from the Purdue Center for Regional Development and Purdue Extension will partner with the State Resource Team, which includes state and federal agency, university and economic development organization representatives. The goals include creating a stronger regional mindset, increasing collaboration, identifying "current and emerging" assets and launching a regional economic development plan.
The Indiana groups are the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission (Crawford, Dubois, Orange, Perry, Pike and Spencer counties) and the Regional Economic Development District of Eastern Indiana (Fayette, Randolph, Rush, Union and Wayne counties).
In all, 19 groups in 11 states are involved in the federal program.
SET is unrelated to the state’s ongoing efforts to expand the focus on regional development through its Regional Cities Initiative.