The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship's mission is to help community leaders build a prosperous future by supporting and empowering business, social and civic entrepreneurs. With our roots and hearts in rural America, we help communities of all sizes and interests by bringing empowering research together with effective community engagement to advance community-driven strategies for prosperity.

Our Solution Area Teams empower community leaders to find their own answers to the economic development challenges and opportunities they face:

News & Announcements

  • Markley Leads Think Tank Discussion at NTCC Prosperity Summit

    Deborah Markley demonstrated the WealthWorks approach to economic development and how the Center works with communities to enhance their prosperity at a prosperity summit Wednesday, April 8 at Northeast Texas Community College.

  • Deborah Markley, PhD, pens chapter in "An Introduction to Community Development"

    Mar. 23, 2015. Deborah Markley, co-founder and managing director of The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, has co-written a chapter in a popular college textbook on community development titled An Introduction to Community Development. Markley, along with John Gruidl, Professor, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Western Illinois University, wrote Chapter 17, “Entrepreneurship as a Community Development Strategy.”

  • New Ohio HTC program strives to bring a youthful outlook to local economies

    Feb. 25, 2015. As part of this new HomeTown Competitiveness program, the Center is conducting assessments in each of the 4 HTC pillars and will be conducting opportunity retreats in each of 4 pilot communities to help them develop their action plans.

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