The following states will be participating in Phase VII of SET
Applications for regions are below
Arkansas Regional Application Download
Indiana Regional Application Download
Missouri Regional Application Download
New Mexico Regional Application Download
North Carolina Regional Application Download
Oklahoma Regional Application Download
ABOUT STRONGER ECONOMIES TOGETHER
SET enables three or more contiguous 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. Creating, attracting and retaining jobs as a single rural county, in isolation from other nearby counties, is becoming increasingly ineffective. In today's global marketplace, economic development progress is more likely to be realized when rural and metro counties work together as a region to assess, design, and implement plans that build on their assets and comparative economic strengths.
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.
DEFINITIONS AND DATA RESOURCES
Priority Points for Economically Distressed:
Regions with at least one county that has:
- A per capita income of 80% or less of the national average and/or:
- Has an unemployment rate that is at least 1 percent greater than the national average unemployment rate
For the most recent 24 month period for which data are availble.
Stats America http://www.statsamerica.org/distress/distress.aspx
- Select your state, then select your proposed counties one at a time and click 'add county' until all appear in the box.
- Click Distress Report ti see Economic Distress Criteria Primary Elements
SET regions must meet at least one of these two conditions:
- 51% or more of the region's population is classified as rural; OR
- 75% of the region's land area is located in rural areas of that region.
Rural Classification by Population:
The Census Bureau defines counties in terms of their metro or nonmetro status (with nonmetro being composed of micropolitan and noncore counties) based on population. A SET region can include a mix of counties (metro and non-metro) as long as the overall percentage is 51% or greater
An example. Below is a table for a potential four county region that includes one metro county. As you can see, 3 of the 4 counties are nonmetro/noncore counties and the percent of the total population that is rural is 99,445/180,872 = 55%. So, it meets the rural population criterion for the region.
|County||County Type||2014 Pop.||2014 Rural Pop.|
Rural Classification by Land Area:
Like the example above for rural definition by poverty, regions can use data on land area to determine whether 75% of the region's land area is located in rural areas of that region.
Rural Data Sources:
- Census Bureau has data sets that show both population and land area by county.
Click on “Lists of Population, Land Area, and Percent Urban and Rural in 2010 and Changes from 2000 to 2010”. Then download the file in Excel or Text that is labeled “Percent urban and rural in 2010 by state and county” to access county level data.
- Atlas of Rural and Small Town America produced by the Economic Research Service/USDA
Click on “Download a spreadsheet” just above the green button labeled “Enter the Map.”
|Regional applications due:||April 6|
|SET Coaches’ Workshop:||To Be Determined|
|Regions announced:||Late April|
|SET process launched in regions:||May 2017 – July 2017|
Overview of SET
Overview PowerPoint for Regions Download
Overview Handout Download
SET Video Watch
Phase VII Contacts Coming Soon
Impacts of SET
SET Impacts Infographic Download
SET Success Stories Visit
Questions and More Information
Can be directed to Rachel Welborn at Rachel.email@example.com or 662.325.5885