ASU Launches $100K Rural Development Project in Sharp County

ASH FLAT, AR - A $100,000 grant and business expertise from Arkansas State University and the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas is fueling an initiative to guide northeast Arkansas counties toward greater economic development.

The university's Delta Center for Economic Development and Electric Cooperatives announced today that Sharp County would be the first participant in the three-year "Powering Rural Development" project. Other counties will be selected through a competitive process.

Kirkley Thomas, manager of economic development for Electric Cooperatives, says the partnership will help rural communities that may not have the resources or personnel to devote an economic development fulltime.

Through the project, the counties would receive onsite training in economic development, technical assistance in strategic planning, organizational development and project management.

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