In April 2022, Rural Development launched the Rural Partners Network (RPN) to give rural communities equitable access to federal funds and opportunities. The RPN is a first-ever, government-wide collaboration of more than 20 federal agencies working together to address gaps in programming, elevate rural issues with decision makers, and create more opportunities for rural people to thrive. This is a tall order to fill, and the progress we achieved so far is making a difference.
The water crisis affecting Jackson, Mississippi has captivated national news while raising the dialogue on racial, environmental equity, and public infrastructure investment. This crisis also highlights a need for collaboration among federal, state, and local government to deliver people-centered solutions for Jackson residents.
Seeing a doctor can be a challenge for people living in rural communities. Whether it’s because of a provider shortage, distance to a hospital, or lack of broadband, it’s not always easy to get care when you need it. That’s why the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is making it easier than ever for Veterans to access health care.
Earlier this month, the Executive Director at Fitzgerald and Ben Hill County Development Authority met with rural leaders at the Georgia Rural Partners Network Forum to discuss investment opportunities for local Georgia communities. In Georgia, the Community Networks include the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission, Emanuel County and City of Twin City Delta Planning and Development District, and the City of Fitzgerald and Ben Hill Community Network.
Recently, USDA Rural Development (RD) met with Twin City Mayor Matt Donaldson and key community decision-makers to discuss the launch of RPN in Emanuel County. The network will allow the community to access resources within partnering agencies to develop investment strategies that build on local recreation, tourism, and business opportunities.