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USDA Rural Development Indiana Seeks Applications to Support Regional Economic and Community Development Planning to Create Thriving Communities for Rural People

Lewis Hilburn
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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural announced today that USDA is seeking applications to implement regional economic and community development projects to create thriving communities for people in rural America.

The 2018 Farm Bill authorized USDA to make this funding available under the Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) initiative to support projects that will help rural people and economies prepare for the future. It can be used to implement projects that are included in multi-jurisdictional and multisectoral strategic community investment plans. In fiscal year 2023, this funding is available under the following USDA Rural Development programs:

Dr. Terry Goodin, USDA RD Indiana State Director, highlighted on the great things the SECD has accomplished for rural Indiana, "In the past, neighboring townships/communities may not have had the ability to build a Waste Water Treatment Facilities on their own. The SECD initiative bridges that gap by allowing communities to fund these projects by partnering together." Citing Paoli, Spurgeon, and others, Goodin went on to say, "Initiatives like these have already helped Hoosiers in many of Indiana's rural communities."

To be eligible for SECD reserved funding, applicants must meet the requirements and deadlines under the covered programs. Applicants must also submit a Form 1980-88 to USDA. See additional requirements below.

Potential applicants can learn more about SECD by watching this short video on how the initiative can help rural communities create strategic growth and help rural Americans thrive: Investing in Rural Communities Through Strategic Economic and Community Development - YouTube.

On a final note Goodin stated, “I want to thank the administration for it’s continuing efforts to help rural communities in Indiana and those across this great nation. Together Indiana Prospers and Together America Prospers.”

For more information on requirements and deadlines under the covered programs, visit www.rd.usda.gov. For additional information on SECD reserved funding, see page 67010 of the Nov. 7, 2022, Federal Register.

USDA Rural Development encourages applicants to consider projects that will advance key priorities under the Biden-Harris Administration to help rural America build back better and stronger. Key priorities include creating new and better markets, addressing the impacts of climate change and advancing equity in rural America. For more information, visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/priority-points. To subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit GovDelivery subscriber page



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