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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 81 rural community-based organizations, including four 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.
Imagine, if you will, a walkable neighborhood in New Iberia, where welders and CEOs, artists and attorneys, all live side-by-side, sharing space at the cafes and eateries and retail shops that line the neighborhood streets. In a central park, there are farmer’s and artisan’s markets, outdoor yoga classes and live music.
At a summit gathering more than 300 community leaders and partners from around the country in Bozeman, MT, Rural LISC leads strategic conversations about crucial issues ranging from economic and workforce development to broadband access to the devastating scourge of the opioid epidemic.
Maurice Jones, LISC President and CEO, and Suzanne Anarde, a LISC Vice President and Director of Rural LISC, discussed workforce and economic development in the nation's rural communities in interviews with RFD-TV.