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Rural Development - Community Development/Empowerment









Community Development administers the Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities (EZ/EC) program, an initiative to provide economically depressed rural areas and communities with opportunities for growth and revitalization.     

The mission of the Community Development Program is to create self-sustaining, long-term economic development in areas of pervasive poverty, unemployment, and general distress, and to demonstrate how distressed communities can achieve self-sufficiency through innovative and comprehensive strategic plans developed and implemented by alliances among private, public and non-profit entities.


                                                     Violet Gomes

                                                     Liaison, Community Development  




What's New:


Community Development Technical Assistance Handbook


Need more information?


Community Development Program Information



USDA Web Resources:

Rural Empowerment Zone/ Enterprise Community Program
Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA)

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Rural Development and the 2008 Farm Bill 5-Star Commitment to Expand Rural Minority Homeownership
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USDA Rural Development
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430 G Street, Agency 4169
Davis, CA 95616-4169

Phone: (530) 792-5800
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