Programs + Support

The Community Development Office works with planners from each region to offer programs to assist in rural community development.

For information about any of these programs, email us at

Regional Planning Program

The Community Development Office works closely with Regional Planners in each Association of Government region in order to provide direct assistance to communities. Contact your Regional Planner 

Mapping and Technical Assistance Program

The Mapping and Technical Assistance Program (M-TAP) provides rural municipalities with resources to overcome actual and perceived barriers to using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The program's goal is to connects municipalities with available state, regional, and local technical assistance and to provides basic mapping and geospatial assistance to small towns with limited capacity and resources.

Utah Student Community Assistance Program

The Utah Student Community Assistance Program exists as a hub to connect communities with projects and classes, student groups, and individual students interested in obtaining real world experience while making a difference. Students can participate in secondary research, primary research, and/or the synthesis of the collected material. Please contact USCAP to request the current list of potential projects or to propose a project. 

Rural Coordinating Council

Coordinated by the Community Development Office, the Rural Coordinating Council is a grassroots initiative that seeks to better allocate time, resources, and strategies in rural Utah by increasing communication and collaboration with state and federal agencies, universities, and statewide organizations. Learn more