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REAP Zone Facts

Responsibilities of a REAP Zone

  • Conduct a citizen-led, comprehensive, long-term, strategic planning process for development of the community according to the principles of the Community Empowerment Initiative.
  • Develop specific performance benchmarks and indicators from the strategic plan; enter into the Benchmark Management System and keep them current.
  • Seek a broad range of resources to implement the strategic plan, with emphasis on mobilizing local and regional resources that will continue to be available after the REAP Zone designation expires, rather than looking to USDA or other outside sources to subsidize local development.
  • Obtain approval from USDA Rural Development before amending any of the community strategic plan elements, benchmarks, or performance measures.
  • Provide USDA Rural Development with descriptions of successful practices that have potential application in other communities facing similar conditions and issues.
  • Report regularly on the community progress in implementing its strategic plan through the Benchmark Management System and other reports as requested by USDA.
  • Manage all funds used to implement the strategic plan responsibly and report publicly on their use and accomplishments; conduct annual independent audits of all funds used to implement the strategic plan, whether government or private.
  • Recognize that the objective of the REAP Zone program is not merely project implementation, but community empowerment, and devote significant resources and attention to achieving this by building the skills of citizens and leaders to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate their own programs.
  • Develop and maintain broad and open partnerships with other local and regional organizations that have a stake in the enhancement of the quality of life in the REAP Zone; these partnerships will become a bridge to establishing the permanent capability of the community to make continuing improvements without special Federal assistance after the REAP Zone designation expires.
  • Remain faithful to the principles of the Community Empowerment Initiative that put strong emphasis on the critical importance of broad-based citizen participation in all phases of the development, implementation, and evaluation of the strategic plan, with special emphasis placed on welcoming those members of the community (minorities, low income citizens) who are traditionally left out of the process.
  • Participate in USDA-sponsored training for REAPs.

REAP Zones' Locations:

REAP Zone

State

Counties Included

Status Ends

CONAC

ND

McHenry, Bottineau, Rolette, Towner, Pierce and Benson; and the Indian reservations of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Spirit Lake Sioux

9/30/18

Southwest

ND

Dunn, Stark, Hettinger, Adams, Bowman, Slope, Golden Valley, Billings, and part of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation

9/30/18

Sullivan-Wawarsing

NY

Sullivan and the Town of Wawarsing

9/30/18

Tioga

NY

Tioga (link to county website)

9/30/18

Northeast Kingdom

VT

Caledonia, Essex, Orleans (link to local website)

9/30/18



Rural Development Representatives working with the REAP Zones:

North Dakota

New York

Vermont

William C. Davis

Rachele Scarlett

Steven Campbell

USDA-Rural Development

USDA-Rural Development

USDA-Rural Development

Box 1737

The Galleries of Syracuse
441 S. Salina St., Ste. 357

481 Summer St. Suite 203,

Bismarck, ND 58502

Syracuse, NY 13202

St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

tel (701) 530-2042

tel (315) 477-6437

tel (802) 748-8746 ex. t102

fax (701) 530-2111

fax (315) 477-6438

fax (802) 828-6037

bill.davis@nd.usda.gov

rachele.scarlett@ny.usda.gov

Steven.campbell@vt.usda.gov



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