USDA is launching Centers of Community Prosperity, which are designed to increase the capacity of rural and underserved communities across the country.
The Centers will host Community Prosperity Training Summits and capacity-building workshops to assist communities engaged in a bottom up, locally driven process to address challenges in their region, and foster hope, opportunity, wealth creation, and asset building. To date, USDA has worked with local partners to bring together more than 1,000 institutional and community partners with USDA agencies and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and other federal agencies. These trainings have resulted in grants and leadership endowments to address community challenges such as veteran outreach, improving regional food systems, and combating substance abuse.
Upcoming USDA Community Prosperity Training Summits:
- October 22 – Middleton, Tennessee
- October 30 – Vicksburg, Mississippi
- November 18 – Elberton, Georgia
- November 21 – Richmond Hill, Georgia
- November 22 – State College, Pennsylvania
“USDA is committed to customer-focused outreach,” said OPPE Director Mike Beatty. “That means developing quality mechanisms for rural and underserved communities to address and offer solutions to their communal challenges, while USDA connects them to resources and tools.”