EAST LANSING, March 23, 2016 – U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner today announced the agency is accepting applications for the Stronger Economies Together (SET) technical assistance program. Applications are due by 11:59pm on April 21, 2016.
“The SET Program teaches regional groups how to work together to identify their own communities’ strengths and weaknesses as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the communities surrounding them” said Turner. “More and more communities are starting to understand that the key to economic success is in allowing communities to specialize in what they are good at while building a regional plan to meet all citizen needs.”
The program is designed to encourage and train regional partners how to plan and implement regional economic strategies. SET includes six months of training and planning workshops to design a high quality regional plan and an additional six months of technical assistance throughout the implementation of the plan.
Regional-based development plans keep farmers or manufacturing plants located in the communities where they are successful then builds the capacity to meet other economic needs in the areas adjoining them.
USDA Rural Development, the Regional Rural Development Centers and …