Governor Haslam created the Rural Task Force to bring resources together from a wide range of organizations to advance rural communities and economic development throughout Tennessee. The Task Force exists to build a stronger rural Tennessee by driving local, state and federal partnerships and stakeholders to continuously improve education, health, entrepreneurial opportunities, economic and workforce development and digital infrastructure. Search this database for technical assistance, grants, loans, training, and other resources from the State of Tennessee and Rural Task Force community partners.
The ARC awards grants and contracts from funds appropriated to the Commission annually by Congress. Program grants are awarded to state and local agencies and governmental entities (such as economic development authorities), local governing boards (such as county councils), and nonprofit organizations (such as schools and organizations that build low-cost housing). Contracts are awarded for research on topics that directly impact economic development in the Appalachian Region.
The DRC works to improve regional economic opportunity by helping to create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of the 10 million people who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state Delta region.