Pike County

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Our Goals

Overall, University of Illinois Extension's Building Entrepreneurial Communities Initiative, supported by USDA's Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI), was designed to help each pilot community create the community infrastructure to support entrepreneurial development. While there is little doubt that a successful entrepreneur has the capacity to economically transform the local community, less apparent is the role that the local community plays in the success of the entrepreneur. Factors such as the local culture, existing support networks, access to capital, workforce issues, and the local educational infrastructure all appear to play a critical role.

In Pike County, our goals were refined through training for the local development organization over the span of two years, and we have focused on:

  • Building state-of-the-art public infrastructure
  • Promoting entrepreneurship education
  • Creating a culture of support for entrepreneurs, particularly in terms of developing networks