The Rural Economic Development Assistance Coalition or REDAC is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to provide sustainable economic development services and resources to rural communities.
Why is REDAC important?
Often times, rural and distressed communities do not have the resources or expertise required to develop and implement a sustainable economic development strategy. REDAC will work with, and in, the community to build the foundation necessary to sustain a long term economic development plan.
What type of services will REDAC provide?
REDAC’s services are centered around building strategies for economic growth. They include, but are not limited to:
- Action Planning
- Board Development
- Mission Development
- Strategic Planning
- Building key regional partnerships and cooperatives
- Resource Development
Tell me about REDAC’s staff.
REDAC contracts with economic development practitioners with a broad range of expertise. Administration and marketing support is provided by the Lake Superior Community Partnership, an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO).
Currently, practitioners who are part of the REDAC team hold the following certifications:
- Certified Economic Developers (IEDC)
- Certified Fundraising Manager (Indiana University)
- Economic Modeling Specialists (EMSI)
- Certified Economic Gardener
- Certifed Global Business Professional
How do I know REDAC will work for my community?
REDAC is currently piloting its program in a rural community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It is currently in the initial planning phase and is expected to wrap up by year end.