ERIC Number: ED057173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Potential for Human Resources and Economic Growth in a Declining Local Community, A Socio-Economic Study of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Economy, Volume II.
Levine, Louis; And Others
The data provided in the second volume of this two-volume report are interpreted within the context of the social and economic problems identified in the first volume. With its lack of diversified industry, Johnstown, Pennsylvania was found to have the revenue problems typical of a depressed economy, accentuated by a decline in markets for its coal and steel. A natural advantage in manufacturing had been harmful to diversification, resulting in relatively great cyclical fluctuations. Johnstown exhibits population characteristics typical of a depressed area, with a low median income and migration of productive manpower out of the area. Using a random sample of 700 households and interviews with various civic leaders, the researchers determined how community attitudes were shaped by such factors as poverty and racial discrimination. On the basis of new knowledge of the peoples' aspirations, background information of the area, and labor force projections, they found shortcomings in the coordination of governmental and private agencies and in public spending. A facelifting is required before this area can attract the new industry which it so desperately needs. Volume I of the study is available as VT 011 116. (BH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Labor and Industry, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Inst. for Research on Human Resources.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania (Johnstown)