"NREDA offers focus on rural economic development like no other organization. It is a great resource for economic developers."  -  Rand Fisher, Iowa Area Development Group

What are the benefits of NREDA membership?

People - NREDA’s approximately 340 individual members are a virtual Who’s Who of electric and telephone cooperative and economic development professionals. Networking: Members take pride in their willingness to share expertise and information with peers.

Personal and Professional Development - Leadership, participation, and recognition opportunities on committees, at the Annual Meeting, and on the Board of Directors.

NREDA Annual Conference - NREDA’s national conference offers insightful speakers, education sessions, access to federal officials, networking opportunities, and fun. (NREDA Annual Conferences offer CEcD, EDFP, and CKAE approved credits.)

NREDA Continuing Education - Participate in webinars and other educational seminars providing you with emerging and thought-provoking ideas on rural economic development.

Community Forum - Members are able to reach out to other NREDA members for feedback/advice that will benefit you and your organization.

Membership Directory - Members utilize the online directory with listings of NREDA member contact information, cross-referenced by state, organization, and areas of expertise.

Publications – News Brief Newsletter & Website – Announcements, secure Members Only Section with a member search feature by members/state/expertise, current issues and events, links to industry-related websites and articles, job postings, and archived copies of the NREDA News Brief, which is published bi-monthly.=

Rural Focus – No other organization matches NREDA’s focus on rural economic development, needs examination, resources identification, and communication of what works.

Partnerships with Allied Organizations – NREDA fosters formal relationships with NRECA, NTCA-the Broadband Association, CFC, NRTC, NADO, NACo, USDA Rural Development & others to keep economic development for rural America a focus; the NREDA Board travels to Washington DC every other year to enlist shared best practices and information gathering pertinent to rural development.

Scholarships – NREDA offers professional development/certification scholarship opportunities; funding priority is given to assist members whose development organizations cannot provide total funding. 

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