About the Council

To address challenges in Rural America, build on the Administration’s rural economic strategy, and improve the implementation of that strategy, the President signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Rural Council.

The Council coordinates the Administration’s efforts in rural America by performing three core functions:

  1. Streamlining and improving the effectiveness of federal programs serving rural America. Through smarter government, we can do even more to improve outcomes and lower costs for the American taxpayer.
  2. Engaging stakeholders, including farmers, ranchers, and local citizens, on issues and solutions in rural communities. The Rural Council is creating and coordinating opportunities for direct dialogue between the Administration and Rural America.
  3. Promoting and coordinating private-sector partnerships. The Rural Council is finding new ways for the government to partner with private organizations in solving shared problems, and developing new, innovative models of partnership.


The White House Rural Council focuses on job creation and economic development by focusing on the following four key areas:

  1. Opportunity: Increasing the flow of capital to rural areas, job creation, and workforce development
  2. Innovation: Including the expansion of telecommunications, renewable energy, and new markets for rural communities
  3. Quality of Life: Including increased access to quality health care, education, and housing, and particularly in persistent poverty counties and tribal areas
  4. Conservation: Including expansion of outdoor opportunities and economic growth

Related Blog Posts

  • Second Made in Rural America Regional Forum Highlights Resources for Rural Delta Businesses

    The White House Rural Council convenes the second Made in Rural America Regional Forum to bring together local, state, and federal export-related resources for businesses and community leaders throughout the Mississippi River Delta Region.

  • Making the Business Case for Rural America

    Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack discusses the first-ever Rural Opportunity Investment Conference hosted by White House Rural Council. The conference brought together key people from the investment community, rural areas and government to make the business case for investing in rural America.

  • Addressing the Needs of Working Families in Rural America

    All families have a right to have access to a good education system, affordable healthcare and jobs. Our rural families are concerned about creating strong prospects for their children, whether it is on or off the farm. But it is also essential that there are opportunities that will attract young people back to rural areas and help us secure the future of agriculture.