Rural America is diverse, with different places facing different conditions. Consequently, rural communities adopt a wide array of development strategies that address their particular needs.
Local and regional strategies often draw on funding from Federal and State governments. Rural development policy at the Federal level is therefore concerned with how to allocate rural development program funding to meet local needs and Federal policy objectives.
ERS research in this area covers both traditional and nontraditional strategies, and the main components of such strategies:
- Infrastructure improvement,
- Business assistance,
- Education and training,
- Community development.
ERS research also examines the pattern of Federal funding to rural areas and its implications for rural development.
We've redesigned our website. You may be interested in browsing the material that was available in the Rural Development Strategies briefing room, which is now in our archive. It includes a readings list and related links list.