USDA Rural Development has launched a new website to enhance program accessibility and customer service.
The new website (www.rd.usda.gov) features quicker and more intuitive access to programs, simplified site navigation, and information about services and staff contacts in every state office. The site also provides easily accessible resources for loan and grant applications, eligibility information and program descriptions. Illinois Rural Development offices and information can be accessed at www.rd.usda.gov/il.
“The new website is part of a continuing effort to make information about Rural Development programs easier to access for anyone interested in the future of rural communities,” said Colleen Callahan, IL Rural Development Director. “Reflecting how mobile we’ve all become, the site can now be easily accessed on Smartphones and tablets.”
Other website features include:
- A listing of all programs (http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/all-programs)
- Access to program Regulations and Guidelines (http://www.rd.usda.gov/publications/regulations-guidelines)
- Prominent housing lender notices on state websites
- A Directory of State Offices (http://www.rd.usda.gov/browse-state)
Future enhancements to the site will include Spanish language descriptions of programs.
USDA Rural Development administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.