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USDA Launches Rural Data Gateway to Strengthen Partnerships and Expand Access to Resources for People in Rural Illinois

Jenny Warning
Champaign, IL
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New Resource Makes It Easier for People to Access Data on USDA-funded Projects in Rural Communities

Champaign Ill, Feb. 3, 2023 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) IL State Director for Rural Development, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, today announced the Rural Data Gateway, a new resource to make the Department’s data for rural projects easier to access for its partners and for people living in rural communities.

The Rural Data Gateway will help USDA better target resources to the people who need them most in rural places. It also will help the Department be a stronger partner to rural people, entrepreneurs, government officials and other stakeholders.

“The Rural Data Gateway offers transparency to our stakeholders and IL residents – something that is key for a free government and maintaining trust of the people”, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan said.It will enable business owners, farmers, and our neighbors in rural communities to see where Rural Development’s resources and investments have been made and how it has impacted their communities, whether through high-speed internet, better access to healthcare, or the renewable energy initiatives putting money back into their pockets while addressing climate change.”

The Gateway also showcases USDA Rural Development’s investments that have helped rural people lower their energy costs; and buy, repair, build and rent affordable places to call home.

The Rural Data Gateway includes investment dashboards that show how Rural Development has supported local and regional economies in the last 11 years through 69 programs. The dashboards are easy-to-use tools that highlight critical Rural Development investments for people in rural America, including projects that have helped people in socially vulnerable communities access the resources they need. The data will help users analyze trends across different states, counties and congressional districts.

The Rural Data Gateway supports USDA’s mission to expand public access to Federal government data as required by the Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act of 2018.

For more information, visit Rural Data Gateway | Rural Development (usda.gov).

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