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Economic and Rural Development

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USDA. Economic Research Service.

"Educational attainment is closely linked to labor market outcomes, as those who are more highly educated generally receive higher earnings and are less likely to be unemployed." 

Rural Community College Alliance.

"A network and advocacy group that helps build the capacity of member community colleges to improve the educational and economic prospects for rural America."

Youthbuild USA.

"Through the Initiative, YouthBuild USA strengthened the capacity of rural communities to support and train their young people for leadership and a meaningful, productive life within their home communities."

Appalachian Regional Commission.

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) "supports a variety of activities to promote entrepreneurship and business development in the Appalachian Region."

DOC. TA. National Institute of Standards and Technology.

"Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) field staff has over 1,300 technical experts ? located in every state ? serving as trusted business advisors, focused on solving manufacturers? challenges and identifying opportunities for growth."

U.S. Department of Agriculture. Rural Development.

"We offer loans, grants and loan guarantees to support essential services such as housing, economic development, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure.

We promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. We offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations.

We provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs. We help rural residents buy or rent safe, affordable housing and make health and safety repairs to their homes."

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"Economic development is an important part of strengthening communities by creating and retaining jobs"