Welcome to our Economic Development Portal


The National Rural Economic Developers Association is a member organization dedicated to the advancement of rural economic development by providing education and networking opportunities to further the movement of growing and revitalizing rural America.


Equip members to collaborate with strategic partners to drive measurable growth in rural America.

  • To promote the exchange of ideas and information between association members.
  • To provide members educational opportunities to encourage professional advancement.
  • To further the movement of growing and revitalizing rural America through economic enhancement.


Please note our new contact information as of January 1, 2023!  Please be sure to update your records.
National Rural Economic Developers Association (NREDA)
400 W. Wilson Bridge Rd., Suite 120
Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-228-4706 | [email protected]

The Benefits of Membership

Why is joining the National Rural Economic Developers Association (NREDA) important?

NREDA is THE national organization focused on RURAL DEVELOPMENT and provides education, rural issues information, and networking opportunities to its members.

Who should join NREDA?

Community and economic developers, key accounts managers who work for electric and telecommunications cooperatives, local economic development organizations, consultants, vendors and government agencies related to rural development.

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The National Rural Economic Developers Association (NREDA) was formed to promote rural development opportunities through electric and telephone cooperatives. At the time of the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), cooperatives had been a long time advocate of marketing rural locations as a competitive and low cost alternative for business investment. The creation of a national organization, structured to coordinate recruitment resources would provide all members a greater presence to corporate America.

In 1988, a handful of cooperative members responsible for economic development, met in Platte City, MO, to evaluate this idea and its many benefits. In the spring of 1989, NREDA was formally organized, and later that year held the first member meeting in Washington, DC. The next year, Nashville, TN served as the conference city for the first annual meeting, attracting over 300 attendees. From that small beginning, NREDA had matured into a professional organization providing members valuable assistance with their economic development, key account management, community development, infrastructure development, or other rural development programs.