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The Voice of Rural Illinois
Connecting people and communities with resources

Rural Partners

  • is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1989.
  • is committed to coordinate private/public leadership for community and economic
    development throughout rural Illinois.
  • embraces a comprehensive approach to rural development.
  • maintains collaborative relationship with:
    • the Governor's Rural Affairs Council, USDA Rural Development, Illinois
      Institute for Rural Affairs, IL. Dept. of Commerce and Economic
      Opportunity and other strategic groups.
    • private sector businesses and organizations.
    • local, state and federal agencies actively involved in rural community
      and economic development.
  • convenes annual spring and fall conferences providing access to innovative rural
    development strategies and networking opportunities.
  • was designated the Illinois Rural Development Council through a "Memorandum of
    Understanding" between Illinois' Governor Edgar and the National Rural Development
    Partnership (NRDP) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • is one of 39 State Rural Development Councils associated with the NRDP and is able
    to provide direct input into national policy, procedures, and regulations.


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