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Spotlight on RUPRI Leader Cheryal Lee Hills

Cheryal Lee Hills is the Executive Director of Region Five Development Commission (R5DC). She has over 25 years of experience in community and economic development and currently provides oversight of over three million dollars in project, levy and grant annual income. She covers a wide array of domains including economic development, business development, local foods and renewable energy, housing, education, and healthcare just to name a few.

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The Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) provides unbiased analysis and information on the challenges, needs, and opportunities facing rural America. RUPRI’s aim is to spur public dialogue and help policymakers understand the rural impacts of public policies and programs.


Our work helps to promote innovative, collaborative, and systems-based approaches to rural issues that engage decision-makers and rural people at local, regional, state, national, and international levels.


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