The Mount Rogers Planning District (MRPD) was chosen as one of three Virginia areas to participate in Stronger Economies Together (SET) for 2015-2016. The SET plan was designated as a High-quality Plan by the Southern Rural Development Center in January 2017.
Stronger Economies Together (SET) is a nationwide initiative that enables communities and counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint for their multi-county region that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of that region.
Creating, attracting and retaining jobs as a single rural county in isolation from other nearby counties is becoming increasingly ineffective. In today’s global marketplace, economic development progress is more likely to be realized when rural and metro counties work together as a region to assess their resources and then design and implement plans that build on their assets and comparative economic strengths.
The SET Regional Team consists of individuals from Virginia Tech, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and USDA-Rural Development. The success of the project is based upon collaboration across the public and private sectors. Individuals who should be involved include:
If you would like to become involved in the Mount Rogers SET initiative, please contact Rocky Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org or (276) 783-5103 ext.318