Welcome to the new Rural Data Gateway! For more than 80 years, USDA Rural Development has been financing infrastructure and housing throughout rural America. That mission has expanded over the decades, and today the loans, grants, and loan guarantees from Rural Development support everything from school buses to libraries and universities; ambulances to regional hospital centers; energy-efficient homes to electric and water utilities; broadband service to bio-fuels industries; local grocery stores to food processors, wholesalers, and much more.
The Rural Data Gateway strengthens USDA Rural Development partnerships with rural people, entrepreneurs, government officials and Congress by making RD’s data more available and easier to access. It features Rural Investments Dashboards that significantly expand access to RD financial data through an easy-to-use interface that allows data from more than 65 RD programs to be viewed and downloaded. The Gateway and dashboards will help USDA get more resources to the people who need them in rural places.
The Rural Investments Dashboards feature more than 20 data visualizations to spotlight investments made in the last 11 years in more than 65 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 to thrive. The data also will help users analyze trends across different states, counties, and congressional districts. Go to the Rural Investments webpage to begin to explore how and where RD investments are impacting rural America.
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