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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."

U.S. Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service.

by Lorin Kusmin

Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-145) 6 pp, November 2015. 

"This report highlights the most recent indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas, focusing on the U.S. rural economy, including employment, population, poverty trends, and educational attainment trends."

United States White House.

"To address challenges in Rural America, build on the Administration’s rural economic strategy, and improve the implementation of that strategy, the President signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Rural Council."

United States Department of Commerce.

"The U.S. Economic Development Administration's investment policy is designed to establish a foundation for sustainable job growth and the building of durable regional economies throughout the United States."

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

"The community development function within the Federal Reserve promotes fair and informed access to financial markets for communities and individuals, recognizing the particular needs of underserved populations."

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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

University of Wisconsin. Cooperative Extension Service.

"This web site is, "designed to help local business leaders, entrepreneurs, developers, and economic development professionals understand the changing marketplace and identify business and real estate development opportunities that are both realistic and sensible for the downtowns in

United States Department of Agriculture.

A USDA initiative to promote sustainable local and regional food systems that will support small and mid-sized farms and ranches, strengthen rural communities, promote healthy eating, and protect our natural resources.

Rural Sociological Society.

"...  a professional social science association that promotes the generation, application, and dissemination of sociological knowledge."