The Rural Economic Development Network (REDN) under the RAISE Florida Network seeks to coordinate strategies to build economic security and create capital for low income farmers, families and residents in communities of color.
Rural areas have a disproportionate share of the US poverty population. Nearly one in six people living in rural America fell below the poverty line in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Data. Many rural communities lack stable employment, opportunities for mobility, investment in the community, and diversity in the economy and other social institutions.
The goal of the network is to align with Southern Regional Asset building Coalition (SRABC) Farm Bill Strategies for recommendations in reauthorization of the Farm Bill, advocate for reinstatement of Rural IDA programs and Rural Microenterprise Assistance Programs (USDA), and engage rural communities in strategies to lift up wealth creation and retirement security opportunities.
How does the RAISE Florida Network support rural communities?
We advocate for rural communities through support for policies such as Rural Microenterprise, Assistance Program (RMAP), building capacities for cooperatives, and supporting the Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition (SRABC) strategies for re-authorization of the Farm Bill.