LISC National

We believe in rural America.

What is Rural LISC?

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.

Our News & Stories

4.23.2019 -

Kingston approves RUPCO “Landmark Place” project at old Alms House

The Kingston City Planning Board approved an embattled affordable housing project for RUPCO’s “Landmark Place,” an existing structure situated at 300 Flatbush Avenue. Known as the old Alms House, the building, constructed in 1872, originally housed poor and indigent inhabitants during the 19th Century.

4.20.2019 -

SKCTC to host East Kentucky Leadership Conference

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will host the 32nd annual East Kentucky Leadership Conference April 25-26 in Benham and Cumberland. This year’s theme is “Getting Ahead of the Curve: Growing a 21st Century Economy.”

4.19.2019 -

Who owns aloha? Hawaii eyes protections for native culture

Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding that they stop using the Hawaiian language moniker for their own eateries. The cease-and-desist letters targeted a downtown Honolulu restaurant and a Native Hawaiian-operated restaurant in Anchorage, among others.