Richmond, Rhode Island
Photograph courtesy of Richard Benjamin
Providing resources for economic development, sustainability,
and marketing efforts of rural businesses in Rhode Island.
Our goal is to support small business development in agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, forestry,
fisheries, and aquaculture. We strive to achieve this goal through a variety of methods including marketing
assistance, education and outreach activities, grant writing research and assistance for funding resources.
Our Council is dedicated to improving the quality of life in rural areas while preserving the characteristics that
give rural communities their unique sense of place. The Rhode Island Rural Development Council is a certified
State Council under USDA National Rural Development Partnership offering USDA loans and grant programs to rural-eligible communities and businesses in Rhode Island.
Focuses of the Council's efforts are:
- Value Added Agriculture
- Economic Development
- Rural and Farm Energy Information
- Rural Infrastructure
The Council works to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Rhode Island's rural communities, leveraging the
resources of Federal, State, local, private, and non-profit efforts to effectively disseminate information and open
productive collaborations among those interested in improving the quality of life in rural Rhode Island.