Building New Economic Opportunities
Stronger Economies Together (SET) enables communities and counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint for their multi-county region that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of that region.
Creating, attracting and retaining jobs as a single rural county, in isolation from other nearby counties, is becoming increasingly ineffective. In today’s global marketplace, economic development progress is more likely to be realized when rural and metro counties work together as a region to assess, design, and implement plans that build on their assets and comparative economic strengths.
Launched in 2010 by USDA Rural Development and the nation’s four Regional Rural Development Centers and their land-grant university partners, the exciting initiative is now in place in nearly 40 regions in 19 states.
Phase I includes multi-county regions in eight states: Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
In Phase II includes 11 participating states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire/Vermont, New York, Texas and Washington.
Phase III, which begins this year, will include regional teams in seven additional states: Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia.