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Office of Rural Prosperity
The Office of Rural Prosperity works across sectors to foster strategic and coordinated investments in people and places, with an intentional focus on building the capacity and resources necessary meet complex rural needs. Founded in 2022 as the Office of Rural Development by Executive Directive in 2022-01, the office was renamed the Office of Rural Prosperity by Executive Order in 2023 (EO 2023-06).
Roadmap to Rural Prosperity
Michigan’s first-ever report focused on rural issues, the Roadmap to Rural Prosperity, gives a voice to rural communities, fosters a statewide understanding of rural needs and priorities and helps guide local, regional and state leaders in advancing collaborative and collective action to achieve prosperity across rural Michigan.
ORP News and Latest Events
Rural Readiness Grant Program (RRGP)
The Rural Readiness Grant Program (RRGP) provides rural communities (via tax-exempt organizations) with up to $50,000 to support collaborative planning and capacity initiatives. These competitive, reimbursement grants support and invest in underserved areas and populations by providing reimbursement grant funding for capacity building activities, development readiness initiatives, partnership and plan formation, and cross sector collaboration. Contact the Office of Rural Prosperity with any questions at: MDARD-ORD@michigan.gov.
|Sarah Lucas, Director, Office of Rural Prosperity
|Payton Heins, Director, Policy and Strategic Initiatives
|Lisa Miller, Director, Partnership and Engagement
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