Rural recreation development projects have been utilized as a tool for community and economic development since 1981 when Dr. Patrick Long established the Colorado Rural Recreation Development Project at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
In 1995, Dr. Jim Brademas began the Illinois Rural Recreation Development Project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a grant from the Kellogg Foundation and served as Project Director until 2001. In 2001, Dr. Brademas retired and Dr. Laura Payne became Project Director of the Illinois Rural Recreation Development Project. Dr. Nathan A. Schaumleffel served as Project Manager of the Illinois project from 2001 to 2004 while completing his Ph.D. in the Department of Leisure Studies at the University of Illinois.
In August 2005, Dr. Nathan A. Schaumleffel, CPRP established the Indiana Rural Recreation Development Project (InRRDP) in the Department of Recreation and Sport Management at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Rural recreation development projects also operate in South Carolina at Clemson University and in West Virginia at West Virginia University.
The InRRDP received initial funding from the Indiana State University
Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Since the InRRDP's inception, several people have made significant
contributions to the evolution of the Project. These people include:
Dr. Nathan A. Schaumleffel, CPRP (Project Founder and Project Director)
Tonya Gimbert, Graduate Assistant (Web Designer and Project Support)