Ten Essential Ingredients: Designing State Programs That Work In Rural Communities

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Guidebook is intended to highlight innovative and successful actions, policies and programs which states can use to help individual rural communities. It explains how states can enhance the local capacity for community and economic development while responding to state government’s politics, structure and policy-making process and capitalizing on program characteristics that will promote local community participation.

The ten areas of focus in this paper intended to help states programming design are: (1) Designing State Programs for Success, (2) Assuring State Program Funding and Sustainability, (3) Promoting Effective Program Delivery and Client Access, (4) Determining Appropriate Eligibility Criteria, (5) Program Marketing, (6)Enhancing State’s Capability to Educate and Train Client Users, (7) Helping Users Leverage and Use Program Resources, (8) Helping Client Users Meet Their Marketing Needs, (9) Enhancing States’ Communication with Client Users, (10) Promoting Cooperation, Partnerships and Linkages Between Service Providers.

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