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Statutory Authorities Directing Community Development Activities

Develop systems of outreach -- Pub. L. 92-419, Rural Development Act of 1972; Pub. L. 96-355 Rural Development Act of 1980 (7 U.S.C. 2204 ; 7 U.S.C. 2204b)

Rural Community Advancement Program (RCAP) strategic planning provisions -- Pub. L. 104-127, Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 1921 Subtitle F)

Technical Assistance to States and communities --Pub. L. 92-419, Rural Development Act of 1972; Pub. L. 96-355 Rural Development Act of 1980 (7 U.S.C. 2204)

Conduct assessments to determine program applicability -- Pub. L. 92-419, Rural Development Act of 1972; Pub. L. 96-355 Rural Development Act of 1980 (7 U.S.C. 2204b)

Coordination within the executive branch for community development -- Pub. L. 92-419, Rural Development Act of 1972 (7 U.S.C. 2204a)

Design program delivery systems and tools, remove impediments to effective community level action -- Pub. L. 92-419, Rural Development Act of 1972 ; Pub. L. 96-355 Rural Development Act of 1980 (7 U.S.C. 2204; 7 U.S.C. 2204b)

Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Zones -- Presidential Memorandum dated August 5, 1993; variously dated Memoranda of Agreement; Pub. L. No. 106-387, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2001. 2008 Farm Bill, Section 6017 (J) extends the current REAP Zones to 2012.




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