Empowerment Zones Program

The purpose of this program is to provide for the establishment of empowerment zones and enterprise communities in rural areas to stimulate the creation of new jobs, particularly for the disadvantaged, long-term unemployed, and out migration, and to promote revitalization of economically distressed areas.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Descriptions of designated communities and information on activities in the strategic plans are available on the internet website above, or upon request, from the Headquarters Office.


Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - Consult your local telephone directory for the USDA Rural Development Area Office number.

If none are listed contact the appropriate Rural Development State Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.