The Stronger Economies Together (SET) Initiative

Posted by Bo Beaulieu on April 06, 2015, in SET.

Helping Rural Counties Pursue Innovative Regional Economic Development Strategies

Call for Applications Now Open

USDA Rural Development (RD) in Indiana is joining forces with Purdue University Extension/Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) in launching the Stronger Economies Together Program (or SET). Indiana is one of 13 states recently selected by USDA Rural Development to launch the SET program in up to two regions in the state over the next several months. SET is targeted mainly to rural counties and communities in the state that want to work together in designing and implementing a strong regional economic development blueprint, one that builds on the region’s major economic strengths.

To date, USDA Rural Development has invested about $2M in the SET program. Since its launch in 2010, SET has been implemented in 55 regions located across 28 states. SET regions have been able to capture over $115M in grants, low-interest loans, and other resources to support their regional activities.

The Indiana SET program is now inviting proposals from counties that are geographically connected to another and that are committed to collaborating on the preparation and implementation of a regional economic strategy. For more information on counties that qualify for the SET program, please reference the following resources below.

What Regions are Eligible to Take Part in SET

SET is open to a variety of regions, such as: (1) newly formed regional groups seeking guidance on how to develop a solid regional plan; (2) existing regions wishing to re-energize their regional work; or (3) established regions that are interested in pursuing new opportunities or revisiting/refining existing plans, such as their region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

Deadline Date for Applications - June 5, 2015

Applications are due electronically no later than June 5, 2015, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. Please submit your application to Michael Wilcox at

Have Questions or Need Guidance

Here are two ways to get more information about the program
  • Take part in the upcoming free webinar that will review the Indiana SET Program and respond to your questions. Details on the webinar are included below.
  • Contact the Purdue Center for Regional Development at 765-494-7273 or write to Michael Wilcox at or Bo Beaulieu at

Indiana SET Team Webinar

Completed Monday, April 20, 2015
Hosted by Bo Beaulieu

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