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Center for Rural Development

Rural communities in Indiana are facing many changes and challenges that both threaten and provide opportunities to their economic and social well-being. Our goal is to provide information and educational programs on important issues to assist individuals, families, businesses, and communities in their decision making. 

This site connects you to the faculty in the Department of Agricultural Economics and to their research, publications, presentations, and programs that impact rural development.

Rural Indiana Issues Series

​Publications on rural Indiana issues covering topics of interest to all residents of Indiana, but especially to state leaders and rural decision makers. The contact person for this area is Dr. Janet Ayres.

Defining Rural Indiana
Population Trends in Rural Indiana
The Role of Community Banks in Rural Indiana
The Aging of Rural Indiana's Population
Poverty in Rural Indiana
Food Insecurity in Rural Indiana
Unemployment Trends in Rural Indiana
Education Attainment and the Rural Indiana Economy​
Focus on the Infrastructure: Indiana's Local Bridges
School Referenda in Indiana: A Rural Perspective
Poverty and Teen Childbearing in Rural Indiana
Methamphetamine Use in Rural Indiana


Local Government Resources

Resources for Indiana taxpayers, residents, and public officials about Indiana local government, including property taxes and local income taxes, the state budget, and school funding. This includes streaming videos, commentary, and on-line decision tools. The contact person for this area is Dr. Larry DeBoer.

Local Government Resource Links

Leadership Development Resources

Resources for community development programs. The contact person for this area is Dr. Janet Ayres​.

Leadership In Action
Leadership Video Series
Purdue Master Gardeners... Growing Through Leadership

Population & Health Resources

​Resources on population and health characteristics of Indiana counties. The contact person for this area is Dr. Brigitte Waldorf​.

Education & Human Capital
Health Resources
Immigration Resources
Population Trends & Characteristics

Index of Relative Rurality Resources

Data and literature on the Index of Relative Rurality for U.S. counties. The contact person for this area is Dr. Brigitte Waldorf​.

Data (Excel file)​
Description and Measurement Issues​

Rural Business Resources

Resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The contact people for this area are Dr. Joan Fulton or Dr. Maria Marshall​.

​Rural Business Resources Links

Other Purdue Resources

Other resources pertaining to Rural Development at Purdue.

Other Purdue Resources Links​