Building Rural Economies
RCAC’s Building Rural Economies (BRE) initiative provides training in comprehensive community economic development to support and develop local assets and talents. We build the capacity for local sponsoring organizations to network, plan and implement economic development initiatives in rural communities.
- Increases local entrepreneurship and jobs
- Develops catalytic projects that seed additional investments
- Develops a supportive, entrepreneurial environment for economic development to thrive
RCAC works with a local sponsoring organization to identify economic opportunities in the community and the leaders/entrepreneurs with the passion to take advantage of those opportunities. RCAC helps this local team analyze current economic conditions that need improving and prioritize action on the most realistic opportunities.
RCAC has developed an innovative curriculum—Start, Grow, Revive Your Business. The curriculum emphasizes skills necessary to launch or expand local businesses and focuses on sustainable business principles and regional networking.
After the curriculum is completed, entrepreneurs will have developed the skills necessary to understand how to make their businesses sustainable. Regional networking links are critical avenues to be nurtured. RCAC provides ongoing coaching and support. We work with both the sponsoring team and individual entrepreneurs to provide the appropriate technical, managerial, and financial assistance necessary to launch and expand local businesses.
(Pictured above is Tammy Eckhardt owner of Sew Pieceful in Lewistown, Montana. Read “Sew Pieceful in Lewistown, Montana” here. Photo taken by Dustin Love, RCAC publications and graphic design specialist.)
For more information, please contact Pamela Higgins, regional planning capacity building manager, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (406) 996-1075, or complete our Request for Assistance.