Economic and workforce development is a strong focus of state colleges and universities. These institutions are anchors within their communities, serving as a pivotal link between public and private sector stakeholders. Our institutions are champions for regional economic innovation, competiveness and prosperity. AASCU institutions are focused on promoting economic and workforce development, community revitalization, teacher recruitment and greater access to college for rural and urban high school students and therefore support federal programs that maximize the educational and outreach capabilities of rural and urban public universities. Federal support for programs that assist regional state colleges and universities foster the economic, workforce and education system capacities of rural and urban communities is highly encouraged. Illustrations of federal support include the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program, providing support for rural broadband enhancements that facilitate rural access to postsecondary education, and funding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of University Partnerships (OUP), which facilitates the formation of campus-community partnerships that enable students, faculty, and neighborhood organizations to work together to revitalize the economy, generate jobs, and rebuild healthy communities.