The Technical and Operational Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors advises the SRDC staff in the development of priority goals and strategies for the Center. The committee seeks suggestions and support from the directors and administrators of the various state Extension and research units in the region, from land-grant faculty, and from rural development stakeholders. The committee reviews the proposed direction and activities of the Center and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors. The committee meets quarterly. Members serve a three-year term.