Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs - Making a Difference in Rural Illinois

The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) builds the capacity of community leaders and policymakers by providing technical support, applied research, policy evaluation, and training across the state. IIRA is a clearinghouse for information on rural issues, coordinates rural research, and works with state agencies on issues of importance to rural communities.

IIRA offers a set of integrated programs in community and economic development, housing, health, education, transportation, and public administration, focusing specifically on the changing needs of rural communities.

These programs address common concerns among rural communities such as:

  • identifying economic development opportunities;
  • attracting, retaining, and creating businesses;
  • strengthening transportation services;
  • enhancing the quality of education;
  • increasing revenues;
  • ensuring access to quality health care; and
  • improving quality of life

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