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Regional Rural Development Centers

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.

NERCRD region's map

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

NCRCRD region's map

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

SRDC region's map

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 USVI

WRDC region's map

Western Rural Development Center

  • Hosted by Utah State University
  • Director: Don E. Albrecht
  • Serving Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, and Northern Marianas