CHEYENNE — More than 35 Wyoming communities received financial and technical assistance for community and economic development through a Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) grant.
The Wyoming Rural Development Council was selected as a FY2009 Grantee for the United States Department of Agriculture — Rural Development’s RCDI program. The grant, administered by the Wyoming Rural Development Council, began in April 2010 and closed Sept. 30, 2012. The total grant award was $251,706 and was used for assistance with strategic planning, market research, helping town leaders attend community and economic development trainings, and grant writing.
Projected and actual assistance from grant writing provided RCDI communities with more than $1.63 million and $17.5 million to other Wyoming communities, which was due to personnel changes between communities. Estimated completion of strategic planning assistance totaled nearly $270,000 in savings for participating communities; with nearly $8,000 in community savings for Market Research Reports.
“These services were provided at the request of the communities to enhance their capacity for community and economic development,” said Jo Ferguson, senior rural development specialist with the Wyoming Rural Development Council at the Wyoming Business Council.
RCDI approved communities were established at the beginning of the grant and were selected on a low-income ratio formula.
For more information on the Wyoming Rural Development Council or the RCDI grant, contact Jo Ferguson at 307.777.5812 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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