Set by residents, organizations, and businesses across the region, the priority areas identify how we will support our economy, boost employment opportunities, and support the quality of life in the Northeast Kingdom. The NEK Collaborative encourages formation of partners and citizen-led efforts in aligning work in these areas of growth and development.
Our work with USDA Rural Development
The Collaborative is a designated Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Zone, an initiative of USDA Rural Development. The REAP initiative is a collaborative and citizen-led effort to enhance rural economic development and has become the model for building a new rural economy for other areas. The REAP Zone status offers access to reserved funds from USDA Rural Development for new and developing projects.