CROW about your accomplishments! Consider becoming a Top Rural Development Initiative Nominee!

Nominations Accepted November 15, 2019 - February 27, 2020

The Top Rural Development Initiatives recognizes those communities and organizations that have made a positive impact on their rural area through collaboration and sheer grit. Overcoming challenges to make good things happen in rural areas is difficult. We want to share success stories with other rural areas and the world so we can learn from one another and prove that, although many rural areas are struggling, there are places that are having success, which creates hope for all of us.

Complete the digital nomination form below. (if you prefer a hard copy version of the nomination form click on the "Download Hard Copy Application" button above)


If you have any questions, just e-mail us at sandydecker74@gmail.com and we'll be in contact with you.


Winning initiatives will be recognized at the Rural Summit

in Marshfield, April 22-23, 2020

In 700 words or fewer, please fill out the Description document by clicking on the button, save it and upload it in the Nomination form below.  Please address the following:
  • Give a brief history and description of the initiative (preference may be given to initiatives that have been moved out of the planning phase and into the implementation phase)
  • Describe the accomplishments and community impact and who was/is involved.
  • Explain how this initiative demonstrates the spirit of partnership and collaborative decision-making.
  • Describe any innovative aspects of this initiative.
  • Describe the long term impact this initiative will continue to have on the community.
  • Describe how other communities can use this initiative as a model.

What are we looking for?


All types of projects!  Past award winners have been recognized with projects in:

  • agriculture

  • community development

  • business

  • education

  • health

  • energy

  • the environment

  • philanthropy

  • tourism

What makes a winning nomination?


  • Strong partnerships

  • Collaborative decision‐making

  • Widespread and long‐term positive impact

  • Innovation

What is "rural"?


Honestly, we’re not sure, but generally an area population under 10,000 that is not adjacent to an urban center.

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