State Council Directory

State Rural Development Councils across the country work to facilitate economic development partnerships, entrepreneurial initiatives and address barriers to rural prosperity.  A directory of SRDC's is listed below.
State Rural Development Councils

Arizona Rural Development Council
(Organization Member)

Kimber Lanning, Director

Local First Arizona Foundation

407 East Roosevelt Street; Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-956-0909, x5; 602-312-4203 cell

Idaho Rural Partnership
(Organization Member)

Jon Barrett, Executive Director

700 W. State Street; Boise, ID 83720

208-332-1730; 208-383-9687 cell


Rural Partners of Illinois
(Organization Member)

Blanche Shoup, Director of Workforce Office of Western Illinois

49 N. Prairie Street, Suite B (2nd floor)

P.O. Box 231
Galesburg, IL  61401

(309) 344-1575

Indiana Rural Development Council, Inc.

Beth Archer, Board President

72 ½ W. Main Street; Danville, IN 46122


Iowa Rural Development Council
(Organization Member)

Sandy Ehrig, Iowa Rural Development Council Board Coordinator

Iowa Farm Bureau; 5400 University Avenue; West Des Moines, IA 50266; 515-225-5480

Bill Menner, Executive Director

The Bill Menner Group; 1403 Summer Street; Grinnell, IA 50112


Grow Smart Maine
(Organization Member)

Nancy Smith, Executive Director

227 Water St., Suite 215
Augusta, ME 04330-4651


Rural Maryland Council
(Organization Member)

Charlotte Davis, Executive Director

50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Ste. 208; Annapolis MD 21401

410-841-5774; Fax: 410-841-5987

Rural Partners of Michigan 
(Organization Member)

Jessica AcMoody, Coordinator

CEDAM; 1118 S. Washington; Lansing, MI 48910

517-485-3588 x1944

Minnesota Rural Partners

Jane Leonard, President

1533 Grantham Street; St. Paul, MN 55108


Mississippi Rural Development Council

Wirt Peterson, Chair and Executive Director

Southwest Mississippi Planning and Development District

100 S. Wall Street; Natchez, MS 39120

601-446‑6044; Fax: 601-446‑6071

Missouri Rural Development Partners
(Organization Member)

Jackie Soptic, Transistion Director

Green Hills Regional Planning Commission

1104 Main

Trenton MO  64683

660-359-5636 x 12

North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center
(Organization Member)

Patrick Woodie, President

4021 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610


North Dakota Rural Development Council

Deb Eslinger, Executive Director

P.O. Box 2535; Bismarck, ND 58502

701-223-0707; Fax: 701-223-2507

Ohio Rural Development Partnership

William N. Morgan, Executive Director

A.B. Graham Building; 8995 East Main St. Bldg 1; Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

614-466-5495; Fax: 614-728‑2652

Pennsylvania Rural Partners
(Organization Member)

William H. Sturges, Executive Director / President; 20 Erford Road, Ste. 215; Lemoyne, PA 17043

717-731-1990; 717-439-8044 cell; Fax: 717-731-8765

Rhode Island Rural Development Council

Gerard Bertrand, Manager, Admin and Operations; Washington County Community Development Corp.; 400 Tower Hill Road; North Kingstown, RI 02852

Phone/Fax: 401-667-7185

South Carolina Rural Economic Development Council

Harry Crissy, Acting Executive Director; Community Economic Development; Clemson University; 259 Meeting Street; Charleston, SC 29401; 843-722-5940

Texas Rural Partners, Inc.

Cheryl A. Hinckley, Acting Executive Director

14049 Indian Bluff Road; Temple, TX 76502

254-986-2486; 254-913-7100 cell

Utah Rural Development Council
(Organization Member)

Wes Curtis, Acting Executive Director

Southern Utah University; 351 W. Center St.; Cedar City, UT 84720

435-586-5418; Fax: 435-865-8236

Vermont Council On Rural Development
(Organization Member)

Paul Costello, Executive Director; 802-223-5763

Margaret McCoy, Operations and Communications Manager;; 802-223-6091

PO Box 1384; Montpelier, VT 05601‑1384

For packages: 43 State Street, Ste 1, Montpelier, VT 05602

Council for Rural Virginia
(Organization Member)

Kristie Helmick Proctor, Executive Director

600 East Main Street, Ste. 300; Richmond, VA 23219


Partners for Rural Washington
(Organization Member)

President of the Board

Kim Herman, Washington State Housing Finance Commission; 1000 2nd Ave, Suite 2700, Seattle, WA 98104


Vice President

Lael Duncan, Okanogan County Community Action Council; 424 2nd Ave N; Okanogan, WA 98840; 509-422-4041

Wisconsin Rural Partners, Inc.
(Organization Member)

Robert Borremans

8576 North Black Oak Drive; Edgerton, WI 53534


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