Resources for Rural Economic Developers


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Economic Developer 101

Ideas, process & procedures for rural developers.

Board Training

On-demand video training for board members.

Planning & Zoning

Planning & Zoning Handbook, healthy communities and more.


Put your city on the map with cultural tourism events.

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Your community isn’t Anywhere, USA. It has stories to tell—tales of historic moments, epic failures, innovative products, resilient businesses and colorful people. How can your community take its most distinct stories and turn them into a compelling and unified message?
Brain drain—the loss of 18-29 year olds—dominates the conversation about rural population change. Yet at the same time, a lesser known migration is occurring. A majority of rural counties are, in fact, experiencing “brain gains” as newcomers age 30-49 move in.



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Hazen, ND

Hazen, North Dakota is a community committed to the arts and beautifying their city. In 2002, the Hazen Chamber of Commerce proposed a city park be built on an empty commercial lot downtown as a beautification project.  read more

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