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In 1995, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a community development support organization working in metropolitan areas across the country, launched Rural LISC, a national program created to expand LISC's reach beyond urban areas to include rural communities. Today, Rural LISC partners with 89 rural community-based organizations, including five financial intermediaries, helping them identify challenges and opportunities, and delivering the most appropriate support to meet local needs. Together we are working to transform communities in more than 2,100 counties across 45 states.
Recognizing that rural communities' needs are not focused on agriculture alone, Rural LISC provides a wide range of services, including training, technical assistance, information and financial support, to help rural community developers address the problems rural communities face. We use our Comprehensive Community Development Strategy to support our Partners in expanding investment in housing and real estate, increasing family income and wealth, stimulating economic development, improving access to quality education, and growing healthy environments and lifestyles.
A look back at the June 2019 Rural LISC Annual Seminar, when close to 270 rural community developers, representing 94 partner organizations from 42 states, gathered in Monticello, New York, for three days of continuing education, networking, and conversations about important rural issues with nationally recognized community development leaders and stakeholders.
Now that it has moved into its new home, the Blue Hill Co-op is the state’s largest cooperatively owned and operated grocery store and cafe. For General Manager Kevin Gadsby, opening the new store at 70 South St. earlier this month — the culmination of a 15-year effort — was like winning a marathon.
Funding can hardly keep up with demand for a new niche of state-supported farm loans available in over 50 Kentucky Appalachian counties. ... About $750,000 in Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund (KADF) money funneled into the SOAR loans has generated over $1 million in loans to date, Kentucky Highlands Program Director Michael Hayes told the committee.