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

Nominations CLOSED until October 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.

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 21-22, 2021

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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