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Rural Development

The Center for Rural Affairs works to help low-income people, is concerned about the well-being of small, moderate-sized, and beginning farmers, and particularly focuses on Nebraska and neighboring states. The center publishes Small Farm Advocate, a quarterly newsletter, and Center for Rural Affairs, a monthly newsletter.

Center for Rural Affairs, 101 S. Tallman St. P.O. Box 406, Walthill, NE 68067-0405  (402) 846-5428  (402) 846-5428 , Internet: http://www.cfra.org

The Community and Rural Development Institute (CaRDI) at Cornell University works to enhance life quality and social and personal well-being for the people of New York State. CaRDI links professionals and elected officials who share a concern for community development and policymaking, especially in rural communities. CaRDI brings together Cornell University departments and programs, Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations, local governments and community organizations to cultivate creative collaborations that bridge traditional institutional boundaries.

The Community and Rural Development Institute, Cornell University, 43 Warren Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853 (607) 255-9510 http://www.cardi.cornell.edu

The Heartland Center for Leadership Development is an independent, nonprofit organization developing local leadership that responds to the challenges of the future. A major focus of the Center’s activities is practical resources and policies for rural community survival. Programs and publications stress the critical role played by local leadership in facing challenges. The Center’s practical programs include training communities, businesses, and organizations in developing the capacity for locally directed strategic planning, helping policy-makers clarify key questions in the future of communities and states, and conducting field-based research related to leadership and its potential impact.

Heartland Center for Leadership Development, 941 O Street, Suite 920, Lincoln, NE 68508 (800) 927-1115 FAX: 402-474-7672, Internet: http://www.heartlandcenter.info/

The Highlander Research and Education Center, an adult education center, has been developing curriculum materials for adults on economic development and the changing economy of the Appalachian region. The Highlander Economics Education Project was developed to help people in rural Appalachian communities understand the changing economy and develop ways of dealing with the economy and community economic development. The project has included developing resource materials, conferences, and community workshops.

The Highlander Center, 1959 Highlander Way, New Market, TN 37820, Tel:  (423) 933-3443  (423) 933-3443 Fax: (423) 933-3424, Internet: http://www.hrec.org

The Institute for Community Economics (ICE) has a range of programs, which assist the efforts of community residents to gain control over and benefit from local economic development. ICE has developed the community land trust and loan fund models to address the problems of lower-income communities suffering from limited access to land, housing, and capital. ICE also provides community organizational and development assistance to community groups and public agencies around the country. The Institute is responsible for Community Economics, a quarterly newsletter, as well as other publications.

The Institute for Community Economics, 57 School St., Springfield, MA 01105-1331  (413) 746-8868  (413) 746-8868 , Internet: http://www.iceclt.org

The National Association of Counties (NACo) represents the more than 3,000 county governments in the United States. Its goals are to improve county government, act as a liaison with other levels of government, serve as a national spokesperson for counties, and advance public understanding of the role of counties.

National Association of Counties, 440 First Street, N.W., Suite 800 Washington, DC 20001 (202) 393-6226, Internet: http://www.naco.org

The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), a national grassroots network, promotes locally based economic development organizations in America’s small cities and rural areas. NADO members include multi-county planning and development organizations, state, county and city agencies, educational institutions, and private businesses. Member organizations engage in activities designed to create and maintain private sector jobs. For up-to-the-minute information, NADO publishes special reports and NADO News, a weekly newsletter, and conducts an annual conference and regional training workshops.

National Association of Development Organizations, 444 North Capitol Street, N.W., Suite 390, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 624-7806 FAX: (202) 624-8813, Internet: http://www.nado.org

The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) is a membership organization for regional councils across the country, with affiliate membership for other public and private organizations with an interest in planning, development, and governance at the regional level. Representing the nation’s more than 500 regional councils, NARC serves as the national source of information for and about regional councils. NARC holds an annual conference which provides a forum for information exchange and an annual Washington Policy Conference in Washington, DC Among the several publications produced by the association are weekly and bi-weekly newsletters and special reports.

National Association of Regional Councils, 1700 K Street, N.W., Suite 1300, Washington, DC 20006,  (202) 457-0710  (202) 457-0710 , Internet: http://www.narc.org

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) is a nonprofit organization composed of commissioners, secretaries and directors of the Departments of Agriculture in the fifty states and four trust territories. NASDA’s purpose is to provide a voluntary, non-political organization to promote unity and efficiency in administration of agricultural statutes and regulations, to develop cooperation between departments of comparable agencies with the United States Department of Agriculture and with persons interested in agriculture, and to establish federal-state cooperative programs to promote agricultural interests.

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, 1156 15th St. N.W., Suite 1020, Washington, DC 20005 (202) 296-9680 FAX: (202) 628-9461, Internet: http://www.nasda.org

The National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT), a membership organization, offers technical assistance, educational assistance, and public policy support to local government officials. The association publishes tenissues per year of NATaT’s Reporter.

National Association of Towns and Townships, 1522 K Street, N.W., Suite 730, Washington, DC 20005,  (202) 624-3550  (202) 624-3550 , Internet: http://www.natat.org

Part of The National Association of Towns and Townships, The National Center for Small

Communities (NCSC) is the only national, non-profit organization devoted exclusively to serving the leaders of America’s smaller communities. The mission of the NCSC is to provide small town decision makers with the tools to govern effectively and the skills to expand local economies, protect natural resources and preserve community character.

National Center for Small Communities, 444 N. Capitol Street, NW, Suite 208, Washington, DC 20001-1202, Phone:  (202) 624-3550  (202) 624-3550 , Internet: http://http://www.smallcommunities.org/ncsc/

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) represents the national interests of rural electric systems. NRECA provides legislative services and programs in management training, insurance, public relations, and advertising. Two major publications of NRECA are Rural Electrification magazine and the Rural Electric Newsletter, which reports mainly on legislative and governmental matters. The association and its members also support supplemental energy and environmental research and administer a program of technical advice and assistance in the development of rural electric systems in 37 countries.

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington,VA 22203-1860,  (703) 907-5500  (703) 907-5500 , Internet: http://www.nreca.org

The New York State Rural Development Council is a non-partisan forum for identifying, discussing and taking action on issues affecting rural New York. It is a partnership made up of members from federal, state, tribal, private, nonprofit, local government and educational organizations. The council has an excellent website identifying a variety of resources available to rural communities in New York State .

New York Rural Development Council, 400P Eggers Hall, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York 13244-1090, Tel.  (315) 443-5844  (315) 443-5844 , Fax (315) 443-1075, Internet: http://www.nysrdc.org

The Regional Centers for Rural Development coordinate rural development throughout the United States by assisting the process of public and private decision making by encouraging and conducting multi-disciplinary research, extension, and educational programs. These activities are designed to improve the social and economic well-being of non-metropolitan communities in the regions. Publications, conferences, interest networks, research projects, and program development assistance coordinated by the Centers facilitate a strong rural development effort. Four regional centers serve the country, the following targeting the needs of the northeast:

Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, 7 Armsby Bldg., The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802-5602,  (814) 863-4656  (814) 863-4656 , Internet: http://www.cas.nercrd.psu.edu

The Small Towns Institute is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to collecting and disseminating information on new and innovative ideas concerning the issues and problems facing small towns and non-urban areas. The institute publishes Small Town, a news journal containing perspectives from a variety of sources that share a common interest in enhancing the future of small communities.

Small Towns Institute, P.O. Box 517, Ellensburg, WA 98926,  (509) 925-1830  (509) 925-1830 , Internet: http://www.cwu.edu/~history/munsell_bio_cv.html

The Townscape Institute, Inc. is a nonprofit public interest organization concerned with increasing the livability of cities, towns, and neighborhoods through the conservation, interpretation, and enhancement of the man-made environment. Program areas include townscape planning and interpretation, urban design and public art, preservation education, and environmental advocacy through lectures, publications, films and exhibits.

The Townscape Institute, Inc., 8 Lowell St., Cambridge, MA 02138,  (617) 491-8952  (617) 491-8952 , Internet: http://www.townscape-inst.com/

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