Governor Haslam created the Rural Task Force to bring resources together from a wide range of organizations to advance rural communities and economic development throughout Tennessee. The Task Force exists to build a stronger rural Tennessee by driving local, state and federal partnerships and stakeholders to continuously improve education, health, entrepreneurial opportunities, economic and workforce development and digital infrastructure.
Mission: To build a stronger rural Tennessee by driving local, state and federal partnerships and stakeholders to continuously improve education, health, entrepreneurial opportunities, economic and workforce development, and digital infrastructure.
Charge: Our engagement will align public and private resources and offer new strategic initiatives to create transformative, holistic solutions in asset-based economic activities across rural Tennessee.
Long-Term Objective: Implement statewide policies and programs that improve the economy in all rural communities so that fewer counties are at risk and zero counties are distressed.
Definition of Rural
The U.S. Census Bureau defines rural as all population, housing, and territory not included within “urbanized areas."
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, urbanized areas comprise larger places and the densely settled areas around them. Urbanized areas have an urban nucleus of 50,000 or more people. In general, they must have a core with a population density of 1,000 persons per square mile and may contain adjoining territory with at least 500 persons per square mile.
Map of Rural Tennessee