Our Work

NERCRD’s programming emphases are established by its Board of Directors, with input from its Technical Advisory Committee, in response to the needs of the region. Follow the links below to learn more about NERCRD’s current program areas.

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Economic Development, Resilience, and Innovation

NERCRD conducts research on the causes and consequences of economic resilience and innovation, and supports outreach that empowers communities to create vibrant local economies.

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Tourism and Outdoor Recreation

Tourism, hospitality, and outdoor recreation make up a rapidly growing segment of the economy and offer an important economic growth strategy to rural and urban communities of all sizes. NERCRD conducts research on the role of tourism, including agritourism, on economic resilience. NERCRD also provides critical support to the National Extension Tourism Network, whose work integrates research, education and outreach within the Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant systems to support sustainable community-based tourism.

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Food Systems, Nutrition Security, and Agriculture

From agricultural profitability and market opportunities to nutrition and environmental stewardship, researchers and Extension professionals across the region provide analysis, training, and technical assistance designed to help individuals, businesses, and communities make balanced and informed decisions about the many opportunities associated with regional food systems.

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Capacity Building and Facilitation

NERCRD serves as a regional hub for our Land-Grant University (LGU) partners, linking research and Extension faculty across state lines. By facilitating collaborative networks and partnerships, we enhance the capacity of the LGU system, so that its people can work more effectively to foster regional prosperity and rural development.

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