Southern Rural Development Center

Joining forces land-grant institutions and rural development partners, the Southern Rural Development Center seeks to strengthen the capacity of the region’s 29 land-grant institutions to address critical contemporary rural development issues impacting the wellbeing of people and communities.

The Center’s three priority areas - Fostering Civic- Minded Communities, Building Economically Vibrant Communities, Expanding Opportunities for Distressed and Low-Wealth Communities - provide people of the rural South want innovative ways to get involved in their communities, to share their insights and to make a difference. Focusing on the unique needs of the people and communities in these pockets, the SRDC continues to concentrate in the following areas:

  • Public deliberation
  • Leadership-friendly communities
  • The New Hispanic South
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Regional Economic Development Planning
  • The National e-Commerce Extension Initiative
  • Food assistance/nutrition challenges
  • Decision-making tools for the Mid South Delta Region
  • Broad-based community disaster planning
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Southern Rural Development Center

Hosted by Mississippi State University
Dr. Steve Turner, Interim Director

[p] 662-325-3207