Community Development News

Curb Rural Development Cuts

Federal investment in revitalizing small towns and supporting small enterprise development has been plummeting. Congress has cut USDA rural development programs by one-third since 2003. Adjusted for inflation, Congress has eliminated half of USDA support for small towns and rural entrepreneurship.

Across the board, rural programs are being dismantled. The steepest cuts have been in grants and loans to small towns for community facilities and community development, which have been slashed by two-thirds. Small business development and funding for small town water and sewer systems have also taken deep cuts.

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