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About MRDC

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The Maryland Rural Development Corporation – MRDC – identifies and responds to the human service and community development needs of eligible individuals, families and communities in Maryland to improve the general human condition.MRDC is a private, non-profit corporation that has been serving the rural communities of Maryland for over 20 years.

MRDC provides resources that promote self-sufficiency in low income families and builds strong, sustainable communities throughout rural Maryland.

In addition to addressing the day-to-day needs of our customers, we look to the future. Our strategic direction includes six important focus areas. This is where we will put our energy and our resources.

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Proactive and effective leadership in issues that affect the quality of life in rural Maryland


An integrated technology system that supports the delivery of quality services and effective communication


Effective collaborations with communities and service partners

familyOutcome-based Planning

Results-oriented planning, delivery and reporting of services to communities


Promotion of the agency's vision and services to rural Maryland

Organizational Environment of Innovation and Learning

Creating an environment that promotes innovation, learning and the retention of quality staff

Agency Mission

See our 2010 Annual Report
annual report 2010

Providing the resources that promote self-sufficiency in low-income families and build strong, sustainable communities throughout Maryland.

What We Do

MRDC provides services to promote education, equality, and the environment in rural Maryland. We:

toddlerHow We Do It

  • operating Head Start centers in Cecil, Harford, and Caroline counties
  • providing counseling and assistance in landlord/tenant relations and eviction prevention
  • providing foreclosure prevention information
  • working with community based organizations and local governments to provide safe water and waste water, solid waste, and local leadership development services
  • sponsoring the State of Maryland Circuit Rider Town Management Program, bringing professional administrative and management services to small, rural towns on a part-time, shared-cost basis

mailboxesOur Goals

To operate our programs in such a way that:

  • Low income people become more self sufficient
  • Conditions in which low income people live are improved
  • Low income people own a stake in their community
  • Partnerships among service providers to low income people are achieved
  • Agencies increase their capacity to achieve results
  • Low income people, especially those populations that are the most vulnerable, achieve their potential by promoting family and other supportive environments


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