UACES Facebook Building economic growth in Arkansas | Counties work together to build regional growth in Arkansas

Stronger Economies Together

Building New Economic Opportunities in Arkansas 

Stronger Economies Together (SET) enables communities Photo of a person holding a "Now Open" signand counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint for their multi-county region that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of that region. 

Creating, attracting and retaining jobs as a single rural county, in isolation from other nearby counties, is becoming increasingly ineffective. In today’s global marketplace, economic development progress is more likely to be realized when rural and metro counties work together as a region to assess, design, and implement plans that build on their assets and comparative economic strengths. 

Launched in 2010 by USDA Rural Development and the nation’s four Regional Rural Development Centers and their land-grant university partners, the exciting initiative is now in place in nearly 40 regions in 19 states, including Arkansas.

 For more information on how your region can benefit from this program, contact Dr. Wayne Miller, or Bobby Hall,

 More information on the SET program is available at