Stronger Economies Together
Stronger Economies Together (SET) represents an exciting initiative launched in 2009 by USDA Rural
Development in collaboration with the four Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs) and
their land-grant university partners. The purpose of SET is to strengthen the capacity of communities/counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development
blueprint that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of their region.
The SET process has occured or is occuring in many states, including: Alabama, Arkansas,
Arizona, Colorado, Georgoia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
Quick Video Overview of SET
Here are some of the important elements of the Stronger Economies Together initiative:
- State Partner Teams will bring the talents and resources of key state and federal agencies, landgrant
university Extension programs, and other organizations together to provide training and
technical assistance to each of the regional teams.
- Thirty-five (35) hours of SET training will be delivered to each region, a process that is guiding the
development of practical and viable regional economic development strategies. Much of this
training involves actual hands-on work on the regional plan by team members.
- Economic analyses will be tailored to help capture the region current or emerging clusters and
comparative economic advantages.
- Technical assistance is provided to the regions over a period of several months upon completion of
the SET training.
- Experiences and insights will be shared among the regions and the State Partner Teams.
New regions are slated to be added to the SET initiative in Mid-2012 as part of Phase
For more information on SET:
YouTube Video by the Western NV Region WNDD Video
Email or phone: Suzette Agans, USDA Rural Development at 202-401-1922 or Rachel Welborn, Southern Rural Development Center at 662-325-5885 or Bo Beaulieu, Purdue Center for Regional Development at 765-494-7273.
For state or regional specific information - contact USDA Rural Development State Staff or your local Cooperative Extension agent.
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