Rural Civic Engagement Project

RDI is working to organize rural leaders to advocate for rural-specific issues at the state and federal level. As part of that process, RDI can bring policy experts to your community to provide training in defining issues and creating effective candidate and issue campaigns to connect people to local and state government.

Making Local Government Work for You!

Interested in learning to tackle community needs such as repairing pot holes, building playgrounds, reducing classes sizes, and more? RDI offers virtual or in-person Rural Civic Engagement Project trainings, with flexible program models for your community.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Jennifer Groth at jgroth (at)  We appreciate your interest in local government and your dedication to your community!

Training Topics Include:

  • Understanding Government
  • Getting People to Run for Office
  • Defining Issues & Building Coalitions
  • Defining Your Message
  • Making Rural Voices Heard
  • Creating A Communications Plan
  • Action Planning


Jennifer Groth

Policy and Partnerships Manager
jgroth (at)

Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch

Program Manager
lkolokotch (at)