A recurring theme found in the literature proclaims that successful communities are built; they are not born. To ensure that a quality living environment exists in rural America along with stable economic opportunities, residents must be empowered to effect change within their communities. Therefore, community development encompasses a broad mix of talents and tasks, such as:
With the right tools and resources rural residents, working together, can create the difference between a sustainable, successful community versus one that is added to the list of dying towns across rural America.
USDA Rural Development
Community Development Programs
There are more organizations related to Community Development in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 5/29/2012