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Rural Development Innovation Center

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.

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Initiatives to Support Rural America

The Innovation Center is supporting the following initiatives to help bring prosperity to rural America.

OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative

USDA has removed unnecessary regulations to increase private investment in rural businesses and rural economic development projects and to improve customer service within four key guaranteed loan programs. Sign up for updates!

Rural Workforce Innovation Network (RWIN)

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.

Rural Placemaking

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.

Resource Guides

EDA Joint Planning Resource Guide

Resources for Rural Entrepreneurs

Disaster Resiliency and Recovery Guide

Resources for Recreational Economy

Tribal Report - 2019

Broadband Resources for Rural America

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