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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)

Jerry Miller, Executive Director

700 W. State Street; Boise, ID 83720



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)

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)

Brian Lowe, Executive Director; 802-223-5763

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

Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative 
(Organization Member)

Marie Barry, Director of Community Economic Development

880 Independence Lane, Sauk City, WI 53583


View the PRA National Leadership Matrix here

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