We Are the Rural Economic Development Initiative

Section 288.0656, Florida Statutes, establishes the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) to better serve Florida's rural communities by providing a more focused and coordinated effort among state and regional agencies that provide programs and services for rural areas.


  • Responds to specific community needs and requests.
  • Works with communities to improve their rural economies.
  • Assists communities in improving access to housing, health care, and educational opportunities.
  • Recommends waivers of provisions of economic development programs on a project-by-project basis.
  • Undertakes advocacy, outreach, and capacity building to improve conditions in rural communities.
  • Provides direct access and referrals to appropriate state agencies as well as county and city associations.
  • Reviews and evaluates the impact of statutes and rules on rural communities and works to minimize adverse impact.

Florida REDI Agencies by Statute Include:

Additional REDI Partners Include:


  • Sean J. Lewis

    Development Representative Supervisor
    (850) 717-8428

REDI Resource Listing

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