In 2012 the Rural Partners of Michigan and the Michigan Rural Network joined forces as the Michigan Rural Council (MRC) to better serve rural communities. For several years, these two organizations have worked on behalf of rural people and places, and the work continues with the Michigan Rural Council.
MRC takes part in growing conversations around the state regarding rural community and economic development. MRC members are excited to serve as a resource and partner in the work to make rural Michigan a great place to live, work and play. We do this by:
- Advocating for policy and projects that impact rural Michigan
- Promoting economic development through micro grants and community assessments
- Keeping MRC members informed about rural news and opportunities
- Hosting an annual conference (the Michigan Small Town and Rural Development Conference) that brings together rural stakeholders from all over the state to engage, learn and plan for the future of Michigan’s rural communities
Representatives from each organization have developed a shared mission and vision for the Rural Council.
Our Mission: The Michigan Rural Council connects and educates community leaders, provides expertise and advocates for policy and projects to impact rural Michigan.
Our Vision: The Michigan Rural Council is a bridge between leaders and communities to revitalize and enhance rural Michigan.