CLEMSON — A national program that helps rural communities develop and implement economic growth strategies now is available in South Carolina.

Through a partnership between the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development and U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, and other partners, Stronger Economies Together (SET), provides multi-county teams with the latest training and technical assistance to help their regions’ quality of life.

Deadline for program applications is May 15. Click here for more information and to download an application. Applicants must meet certain eligibility criteria.

The program provides more than 35 hours of step-by-step training to develop economic development plans, in-depth regional socio-economic data and up to 40 hours of technical assistance from Clemson Extension and S.C. Department of Agriculture Rural Development staff in implementing goals and strategies, among other benefits.

Launched in 2010 by USDA Rural Development and the nation’s four Regional Rural Development Centers and their land-grant university partners, the SET program operates in 26 states.

SET works on the premise that creating, attracting and retaining jobs as a single rural county, in isolation from other nearby counties, is ineffective. 

In today’s global marketplace, economic development is more likely to be realized when rural and metropolitan counties work together to implement plans that build on their assets and economic strengths.


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