Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission is one of two regions selected in the 2016 round of USDA’s Stronger Economies Together(SET). The purpose of SET is to enable communities and counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint for their multi-county region that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of that region.
So, what does that mean?
Over the next 12-18 months the University of Missouri Extension and USDA will be working with us to create and implement this economic development plan. In order for this to work, we put together a committed team that will be able to meet throughout the process. That team will consist of representatives from all 7 of our counties, which will range from federal, state, county, and city officials to education representatives and business owners. If you are interested in being on this team, please let us know!
Stronger Economies Together (SET) represents an exciting initiative launched in 2009 by USDA Rural Development in collaboration with the four Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs) and their land-grant university partners, including the Purdue Center for Regional Development. The purpose of SET is to strengthen the capacity of communities/counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of their region. The SET process has occurred or is occurring in 28 states across the U.S.
SET VI Quick Fact Sheet
Quick Video Overview of SET
KBRPC Economic Development Plan
PURPOSE OF SET
Stronger Economies Together (SET) enables communities and counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint for their multi-county region that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of that region.
Creating, attracting, and retaining jobs as a single rural county in isolation from other nearby counties is becoming increasingly ineffective. In today’s global marketplace, economic development progress is more likely to be realized when rural and metro counties work together as a region to assess their resources and then design and implement plans that build on their assets and comparative economic strengths.
BENEFITS OF SET:
- Step-by-step coaching to guide the design and implementation of a practical and viable regional economic development plan;
- In-depth data tailored to the region, describing its current and emerging clusters, comparative economic advantages, and detailed demographic and socio-economic information;
- Tools to uncover local assets and resources that can advance the region’s economic strategies Technical assistance from Extension educators, USDA RD state staff, the Regional Rural Development Centers, and the Purdue Center for Regional Development to guide the initial stages of implementation of regional goals and strategies.
For more information on this process and the plan, contact Sheridan Garman-Neeman at (660) 885-3393.