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State Resources - Central States Region


Arkansas Department of Rural Services — The mission of the Department of Rural Services and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission is to enhance the quality of life in rural Arkansas.

Arkansas Rural Development — The Rural Development mission is to help rural residents in Arkansas to improve the quality of their lives.


Colorado Rural Development Council — The Colorado Rural Development Council is part of the National Rural Development Partnership, a multifaceted organization bringing together partners from all levels of government as well as private for profit and non-profit organizations to address the needs of rural America.

Colorado Rural Housing Development Corporation — The mission of the Colorado Rural Housing Development Corporation, a Colorado NeighborWorks Organization, is to create innovative approaches in providing safe and affordable housing to low- to moderate-income families in Colorado through technical assistance, property development, financing and education.  

Kansas — This informative site provides a map of Kansas communities offering free land or lots for people willing to build new homes and take up permanent residence.

Kansas Main Street Program — The Kansas Main Street Program is a self-help, technical assistance program that targets preservation and revitalization of historic downtown districts. Communities become designated Main Street cities through a competitive application process. The program offers management training, consulting, program evaluation, design assistance, business enhancement strategies, incentive dollars, and training opportunities to designated communities of less than 50,000 in population.

Kansas Rural Center— The Kansas Rural Center, Inc., is a non-profit organization that promotes the long-term health of the land and its people through research, education and advocacy. The KRC cultivates grassroots support for public policies that encourage family farming and stewardship of soil and water. KRC is committed to economically viable, environmentally sound and socially sustainable rural culture.

Kansas Rural Development — The Rural Development mission is to help rural residents in Kansas to improve the quality of their lives.

North Central Kansas Rural Development — The Rural Development Council is a cooperative venture between 13 counties in North Central Kansas. The purpose of our organization is to enhance the economic base and quality of life for all citizens of the region.


Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs — The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs is designed to improve the quality of life in rural areas by developing public-private partnerships with local agencies on small business development and community development projects in rural areas. The Institute works on projects including rural economic and community development (including value-added agriculture), health care, education, public transportation, public management policies, housing, and technology.

Rural Partners — Rural Partners is a member-driven forum that links individuals, businesses, organizations and communities with public and private resources to maximize the potential of rural Illinois.


Iowa Citizens for Community Improvements — The mission of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is to empower and unite grassroots people of all ethnic backgrounds to take control of their communities; involve them in identifying problems and needs and in taking action to address them; and be a vehicle for social, economic, and environmental justice.

Iowa Community Action Association — The Community Action movement was created in 1964, as result of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Since that time, Community Action has become a national network of local agencies that exist to develop solutions to poverty. 

Iowa Downtown Resource Center — The Iowa Downtown Resource Center provides downtown development assistance to Iowa communities through ttraining opportunities, referrals, technical information, statewide awareness and technical assistance.

Iowa League of Cities — The Iowa League of Cities is an association of more than 870 cities in Iowa. It serves as a resource for city officials.

Iowa Main Street Program — The mission of the Main Street Iowa Program is to improve the social and economic well-being of Iowa's communities by assisting selected communities to capitalize on the unique identity, assets and character of their downtown area. Main Street is economic development within the context of historic preservation.

Iowa Rural Development Council — The Iowa Rural Development Council is a cooperative effort between private; non-profit; and local, state and federal government agencies. The council’s goal is to secure a high quality of life for all Iowans with a special focus on those who reside in our rural communities.

Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission — SEIRPC is a regional voluntary association of local governments and schools promoting interorganizational cooperation. SEIRPC is a regional resource to members that works to provide a variety of services. The SEIRPC is one of sixteen regional planning councils in Iowa for local governments to cooperate in finding effective solutions to common problems.


Center for Small Towns — The Center for Small Towns is a community outreach program housed at the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) and serves as a point-of-entry to the resources of the University of Minnesota. Small towns, local units of government, K-12 schools, non-profit organizations, and other university units are able to utilize the center's resources as they work on rural issues or make contributions to rural society.

Center for Rural Design — The mission of the Center for Rural Design is to work with people in rural Minnesota to preserve, improve, and protect rural landscapes, cultures and communities through innovative design strategies.

Center for Rural Policy and Development — The Center for Rural Policy and Development, based in St. Peter, Minn., is a non-partisan, not-for-profit policy research organization dedicated to benefiting Minnesota by providing its policy makers with an unbiased evaluation of issues from a rural perspective.

Center for Rural and Regional Studies — The Center for Rural and Regional Studies supports Southwest Minnesota State University’s founding mission to study, represent and serve southwestern Minnesota. The center is committed to the study and understanding of rural and regional society.

Minnesota Association of Townships — The Minnesota Association of Townships is a voluntary membership organization representing 1,785 of Minnesota's 1,788 organized townships and nearly 9,000 elected township officers. MAT is the founder of Minnesota Center for Small Communities (MCSC). 

Minnesota Association of Small Cities — The mission of the Minnesota Association of Small Cities is to enhance the quality of life in the small cities of the state through advocacy, networking and collaboration. The association also serves as a forum for the interchange of ideas of common concern, helping all to build quality communities for the future.


Missouri Rural Development — The Rural Development mission is to help rural residents in Missouri to improve the quality of their lives.

Missouri Rural Development Partners — The mission of MRDP is “to improve the quality of life, enhance opportunities and help empower citizens and rural communities of Missouri by bringing together a coalition of public and private entities.” To fulfill its mission, MRDP brings together partners who represent the federal, state and local governments, as well as private sector, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, to identify and assess rural Missouri’s developmental needs, develop strategies and facilitate actions for solutions. 

Mountain States

Mountain Studies Institute — The Mountain Studies Institute is an independent not-for-profit mountain research and education center established in 2002 in Silverton, Colorado.


Nebraska Lied Main Street Program — The purpose of the Nebraska Lied Main Street program is to provide Nebraska communities with a population of 50,000 or less with the education and resources needed to revitalize their main street districts through economic development and historic preservation. New communities are selected each year based on a competitive application and presentation process. Sponsoring state agencies--the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture, the Nebraska State Department of Economic Development, the Nebraska State Historical Society, and the Nebraska Department of Roads--committed technical assistance, staff, and resources to provide non-duplicating, community-specific services to each designated Main Street community.

Nebraska Rural Development Commission — The Nebraska Rural Development Commission is a voice for rural Nebraska communities in the creation of laws, policies and other initiatives that affect their economic, civic and social conditions and foster cooperation and understanding among all agencies and organizations, public and private.

Nebraska Rural Living — Nebraska Rural Living's mission is to market the very real benefits of a rural lifestyle, especially to people who grew up in the South Platte region and moved away after graduation. It highlights the amenities of rural communities and spotlight successful entrepreneurs, who make good livings, free of the stress of urban environments.

Southeast Resource Network — The success of the Network is built on the community leaders or organizations who work to make Southeast Nebraska a great place to live, work and raise families. 

New Mexico

New Mexico Rural Development— The Rural Development mission is to help rural residents in New Mexico to improve the quality of their lives.

North Dakota

North Dakota Rural Development — The Rural Development mission is to help rural residents in North Dakota to improve the quality of their lives.

North Dakota Township Officers Association — The NDTOA works to provide citizens at the local level an opportunity to assemble, discuss and influence decisions concerning their own government, and to provide an organizational structure for townships to act in common accord in regard to common concerns at the county level.


Oklahoma Rural Development — The Rural Development mission is to help rural residents in Oklahoma to improve the quality of their lives.

South Dakota

South Dakota Association of Towns and Townships — SDATAT provides educational and informational resources to the member towns and townships.


Office of Rural Community Affairs — The Office of Rural Community Affairs is a state agency, created in 2001 by the 77th Legislature to ensure a continuing focus on rural issues, monitor governmental actions affecting rural Texas, research problems and recommend solutions, and coordinate rural programs among state agencies.

Texas Rural Communities — TRC is a non-profit organization created in 1934 to resettle the family farmer after the Great Depression. The organization continues to serve farmers and ranchers by offering loans in conjunction with the Farm Service Agency. In addition, TRC finances small business loans and student and parent loans for rural college students.

Texas Rural Leadership Program — The purpose of the Texas Rural Leadership Program is to create and deliver an exciting, effective leadership development program for rural Texas. The program is committed to providing small communities in Texas with the working tools for community revitalization with the ultimate goal of developing strategic plans for economic development.

Texas Rural Partners, Inc. — The Texas Rural Partners matches the resources of the federal, state and local governments and the private sector — both profit and non-profit — with locally conceived and driven development strategies.


Wisconsin Rural Development — Wisconsin Rural Development is committed to enhancing the ability of rural communities to develop, to grow, and to improve their quality of life by targeting financial and technical resources in areas of greatest need through activities of greatest potential.

Wisconsin Rural Partners — Wisconsin Rural Partners, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization, chartered to pursue an educational mission dedicated to building collaborative partnerships across the public and private sectors for the benefit of rural Wisconsin. Its mission is “to build networks, leadership and voice for rural Wisconsin." Wisconsin Rural Partners, Inc. is Wisconsin's official, federally-recognized State Rural Development Council in the National Rural Development Partnership.

Wisconsin Towns Association — Wisconsin Towns Association is committed to protecting the interests of the state's 1,264 towns and improving town government through information, education, consultation, and advocacy.


Wyoming Community Network — Wyoming Community Network, an affiliate of the Wyoming Rural Development Council, is a clearing house of resource information for communities.

Wyoming Rural Development — Wyoming Rural Development is committed to enhancing the ability of rural communities to develop, to grow, and to improve their quality of life by targeting financial and technical resources in areas of greatest need through activities of greatest potential.

Wyoming Rural Development Council — The mission of the WRDC is to create partnerships that result in effective, efficient and timely efforts to enhance the viability of Wyoming.