USDA - Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) Program

March 31, 2016

Established under the 2014 Farm Bill (P.L. 113-79), the SECD program allows USDA-RD to reserve up to 10 percent of funding appropriated to specific programs until June 30 of each fiscal year to fund projects that support the implementation of strategic economic and community development plans across multi-jurisdictional areas. The four Rural Development programs with SECD set-aside funds include: Community Facilities, Water and Environmental Programs, Rural Business Development Grants, and Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans. The goal of SECD is to support rural communities who are working collaboratively across jurisdictions and capitalizing on their regional strengths to help create a larger impact.

This webinar provides an overview of the SECD and the Rural Development Programs mentioned above. Speakers for the webinar are:

• Sam Rikkers, Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development

• Farah Ahmad, Program Manager, Strategic Economic and Community Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development

• Gregory Dale, Southern Region Community Economic Development Coordinator, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development