The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) brings together citizens, community-based organizations, federal, state, county and municipal government officials as well as representatives of the for-profit and nonprofit sectors to collectively address the needs of Rural Maryland communities. The RMC is an independent state agency located within the Maryland Department of Agriculture. RMC provides a venue for members of agriculture and natural resource-based industries, health care facilities, educational institutions, economic and community development organizations, for-profit and nonprofit corporations, and government agencies to cross traditional boundaries, share information, and address in a more holistic way the special needs and opportunities in Rural Maryland.

The Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF) supports the Rural Maryland Council activities and the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF), which provides capacity-building funds to rural nonprofit service providers. It also supports the states’ five regional councils, regional infrastructure projects, rural entrepreneurship development, rural community development, and rural health care organizations.

RMPIF funding is used in conjunction with funding from Tri-County Council for Western Maryland’s (TCCWMD) loan fund program, Summit Financing Solutions, to enhance the program and better serve the needs of the businesses and entrepreneurial community, and provide technical assistance for companies to acquire professional services that will enhance their business and their opportunity to secure required financing. The efforts of this program focus directly on the Council’s goal of improving access to capital for the small, minority and women-owned businesses in the region and across the State.

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Tri-County Council believed in our dreams as much as we did. When no one else came through for us, they were willing to back our project and enabled us to complete it on time. We will always be grateful for the trust they had in us and for enabling this dream to come true not only for us but for the town of Cumberland. This is an organization that believes in its small businesses in the community and has earned our loyalty in return.

- Dany Abi-Najm, The Manhattan Social

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