Creating Life-Long Community Leaders

Study finds foundation-supported leadership programs create sustainable change in rural areas.

Bridging Rural and Urban at R2R 2018

Tremendous thanks to everyone who made this year's Regards to Rural conference a huge success.

RDI Again Named a 100 Best Nonprofit

We are honored to have ranked in Oregon Business Magazine's "100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon."

Latest News


Join RDI and rural policy experts for Wednesday webinars this spring to learn about the rural impact of education, carbon emissions, and broadband legislation.

For the 2019 legislative session, RDI is holding a free webinar series to help untangle current legislation and how it may impact rural Oregon.

Both towns were accepted to the Oregon Main Street network at the Exploring Downtown level.

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Watch our video to discover how RDI’s programs and services strengthen rural communities by developing leaders and moving communities to action towards economic vitality. 

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Are you interested in implementing a long-term economic development strategy in your community? We are here to help. The key to business vitality is having a strong, locally-owned business base that has the capacity to endure and grow in today’s rapidly changing economy. While every rural business... Learn more
Are you ready to take responsibility for the economic health and future of your town? Rural Economic Vitality Roadmaps will take your community through a three-part process to create an action-oriented roadmap to economic success. We believe big things happen in small places when communities... Learn more