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Stronger Economies Together

Two Arkansas Regions Selected for SET VII

The North East Arkansas Economic Development Coalition (AR) and South East Arkansas Economic Development District (AR) have been selected to participate in Phase VII of Stronger Economies Together in 2017. 

Map of Arkansas counties that are participating in the Stronger Economies Together program

SET enables communities and 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. 

What is SET?

Watch this 2-minute video to learn more about the SET program. 

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Major Benefits to SET Regions

  • Coaching on the core building blocks that will serve  as the foundation for developing and launching your region’s High Quality Plan
  • In-depth data that are tailored to your region, information that helps delineate the critical drivers of your economy (including the presence or emergence of regional clusters)
  • Tools that uncover local assets and resources that can be tapped to advance your region’s economic strategies and actions
  • Technical assistance from Extension educators and USDA RD State staff to guide your region as it begins to implement its High Quality Plan

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Stronger Economies Together is a partnership among the Cooperative Extension Service, USDA Rural Development, the four Regional Rural Development Centers with leadership from the Southern Rural Development Center, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and the Purdue Center for Regional Development.

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