Regional Rural Development Centers

Regional Rural Development Centers

Circles with images of people of different  ethnicities Advancing the Economic Health of Rural America

The Regional Rural Development Centers are a trusted source of economic and community development data, decision tools, education, and guidance for our nation's rural communities.

Collectively, the Centers form a one-stop-shop connection to the nationwide network of Land-Grant Universities and the Cooperative Extension Service. Each Center serves a U.S. region and taps its Land-Grant University network to form innovative research and Extension partnerships in the area of rural development. 

Together, the Regional Rural Development Centers help rural communities make science-based decisions about their community and economic development investments.

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Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development
  • Hosted by Pennsylvania State University
  • Director: Stephan Goetz
  • Serving Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia

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North Central Regional Center for Rural Development
  • Hosted by Purdue University
  • Director: Maria Marshall
  • Serving Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

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Southern Rural Development Center
  • Hosted by Mississippi State University
  • Director: John J. Green
  • Serving Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands

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Western Rural Development Center
  • Hosted by University of Idaho
  • Director: Paul Lewin
  • Serving Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, and Northern Marianas