January 24, 2022—Today the nation’s four Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs) are releasing their findings from a national survey of rural development stakeholders. Conducted in the fall of 2021, the survey is part of a year-long Listening Session Initiative aimed at identifying key priorities and critical investments for rural communities’ recovery and growth. The questionnaire served as a rapid appraisal of key informants’ perceptions about priorities, capacities, and potential to expand programming in eight critical topic areas. Respondents also reported on the types of programs they find most valuable and the resources, challenges, and opportunities they perceive for rural communities. The report released today marks the close of the first stage in the consultative feedback process being led by the RRDCs and will provide a basis for a series of facilitated dialogues in the initiative’s second phase in March and April of 2022.
The Regional Rural Development Centers are regionally focused centers funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to strengthen the capacity of local citizens to guide the future of their rural communities. Each Center links the research and extension capacity of regional Land-Grant Universities with local decision makers to address a wide range of rural development issues. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website or in RRDC publications are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or their host institutions. The RRDCs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or veteran status.