National Rural Assembly

The National Rural Assembly (Rural Assembly) is a movement of people and organizations devoted to building a stronger, more vibrant rural America for children, families, and communities.  It is through the Rural Assembly that RCRA, a steering committee member, accesses avenues to advocate for policy at the federal level in partnership with other rural organizations across the nation.

Participants include more than 500 local, regional, and national organizations based in 47 states and the District of Columbia. The goal of the National Rural Assembly is to make the country stronger by improving the outlook for rural communities. The guiding principle is that an inclusive, prospering, and sustainable rural America improves prospects for us all.

Participants in the National Rural Assembly include grassroots service and development groups, state and regional networks, and national associations focused on key rural policy areas such as health, education, transportation, climate change, broadband access, community development, and conservation.

The National Rural Assembly provides an opportunity for rural leaders and their allies to unite in a common cause, advocating for common-sense policies that improve the outlook and results for rural places, people, cultures, and economies.


National Rural Assembly Center for Rural Strategies