About the Center » Mission Statement / Enabling Legislation

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative agency that serves as a resource for rural policy within the Pennsylvania General Assembly. It was created by Act 16 of 1987, the Rural Pennsylvania Revitalization Act.

The Center works with the legislature, educators, state and federal executive branch agencies, and national, statewide, regional and local organizations to maximize resources and strategies that can better serve Pennsylvania’s nearly 3.4 million rural residents.

The Center promotes and sustains the vitality of Pennsylvania’s rural and small communities by:


Rural Pennsylvania Revitalization Act
Act of 1987, P.L. 163, No. 16

Rural Pennsylvania Revitalization Act - Board of Directors and Grants
Act of Oct. 9, 2009, No. 52 Cl. 12

Administrative Code of 1929 - Omnibus Amendments
Act of Jun. 28, 2019, P.L. 101, No. 15 Cl. 71