The NCRCRD conducts regular site visits to states in the region to identify major themes for its future work. Four major themes are:
- Innovation Diffusion for Rural Development
- Sustainable Communities
- Leadership Development
- Entrepreneurial Communities
The NCRCRD will work collaboratively with land grant universities and other partners to develop teams to refine and implement these themes. The NCRCRD will provide seed funds and logistical support for research and outreach activities related to the themes. An expanded definition of each theme is available at left.