REDI Message from the Governor
The newly created Department of Economic Opportunity continues to act as an advocate and coordinator for rural issues and projects that are important to the economic viability of Florida’s rural communities. The Department administers the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) and leads and coordinates the efforts of state and regional agencies in assisting rural communities.
Per s. 288.0656 a rural county is defined as a county with a population of 75,000 or less, a county with a population of 125,000 or less which is contiguous to a county with a population of 75,000 or less and any municipality within a county as described above.
Rural Areas of Opportunity
Rural Areas of Opportunity (RAO) are defined as rural communities, or a region composed of rural communities, that have been adversely affected by extraordinary economic events or natural disasters.