Welcome to Our Economic Development Portal

The National Rural Economic Developers Association is a member organization dedicated to the advancement of rural economic development through providing education and networking opportunities.

NREDA is the leading professional development resource for rural America.

  • To promote the exchange of ideas and information between association members.
  • To provide members educational opportunities to encourage professional advancement.
  • To further the movement of growing and revitalizing rural America through economic enhancement.

economic development, growth

Upcoming Events

2017 NREDA Annual Conference
November 1-3, 2017
205 E Houston St
San Antonio, TX, 78205

NREDA appreciates the hard work and long hours our members have experienced because of the hurricanes. We have extended the early bird dates for the hotel room reservation and conference registration to accommodate those individuals who are working so hard to bring things back to order.

Hotel cut off has been extended to
October 15, 2017
Early Bird Registration has been extended to October 20, 2017


Why Rural Towns Get Left Behind, and What We Can (Should) Do About It
Permission to republish. (April 1, 2017). HatchLab Baker. LinkedIn Pulse.

If it doesn't make someone a lot of money, it's just not worth doing.

That's the general response to just about everything, from helping a company raise money, to offering legal services, to brokering business buy-outs when someone needs to retire. There are many important middlemen who grease the wheels of an economy, helping provide unique expertise. When a place is small, and business isn't always bris...



  • Now More Than Ever - an overview about why rural economic development is so important and why NREDA is such a key vehicle to help.
  • Raising Hope - building communities that young people want to stay in or return to - to keep the talent in rural America.
  • Show Me the Money - the exploration of the financing programs to spur and fund growth in rural areas. (REDL&G)

More videos on the NREDA Video Channel.

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NREDA | 1255 SW Prairie Trail Parkway | Ankeny, IA 50023 | Phone: (515) 284-1421 | Fax: (515) 334-1174