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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 87 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 2,000 counties across 44 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.
One hundred members of LISC’s AmeriCorps national service program gathered for the LISC AmeriCorps Leadership Conference in Jackson, Miss., during AmeriCorps Week 2019 (March 10-16, 2019). They came from points as distant as Los Angeles, Detroit and Boston, and as close by as Greenville, Miss.
Scott Shoupe didn’t want to follow his classmates into the coal mines when he graduated from Harlan High School in 1993. His ticket out — “to make something of myself” — was a baseball scholarship 130 miles north at Morehead State University. But when his favorite sport started feeling more like a job than fun, the headstrong outfielder dropped out two years short of a bachelor’s degree. Shoupe returned home to Harlan County, an isolated and impoverished patch of southeast Kentucky, and like his father before him, signed up to mine coal.
Leaders from Rural LISC, National Association of Counties (NACo) and Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) were interviewed by RFD-TV earlier this month, discussing “TestIT”, the mobile broadband app they developed that gives mobile phone users the power to accurately identify areas with low or no internet connectivity and share that information to push for change.