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Release Date

February 5, 2019

Rural Economic Development: Western Governors' Association Seeking Input from Stakeholders on New Rural Initiative; New Rural Philanthropy Toolkit Available

The National Association of Development Organizations takes note:

›› The Western Governors' Association (WGA) is seeking input from stakeholders in the western region. WGA represents the governors of 19 western states and three U.S.-flag Pacific islands. Reimagining the Rural West is the central policy initiative of incoming WGA Chair, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum. Reimagining the Rural West will explore how governors can support vibrant and enduring rural communities by enhancing economic development, infrastructure, and quality of life. The initiative will identify common challenges and opportunities, highlight best practices and success stories, and provide a forum for the development of bipartisan policy solutions. WGA is seeking responses to a survey to help scope the initiative before the June 2019 kickoff. Anyone with experience and expertise in rural community and economic development in the West is encouraged to submit responses. Click here to download the survey. Please submit any surveys you complete or receive to Lauren DeNinno at

›› RHIHub has created the Rural Philanthropy Toolkit that compiles emerging practices and resources to support rural communities seeking to build relationships with philanthropies across the United States. The toolkit presents practical strategies that can help rural communities build successful partnerships with philanthropies. In particular, it focuses on: preparing for partnerships with philanthropies; conducting outreach to philanthropies; and establishing and sustaining partnerships with philanthropies. Click here to access the toolkit.

Updated: February 06, 2019