ERIC Number: ED219224
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Capacity Building Needs of Rural Areas in Virginia.
Farmer, Berkwood M.; And Others
Information and data were obtained from personal interviews with 93 local officials and 344 community leaders in 8 rural areas of Virginia in 1977 to assess the capacity building needs of rural areas brought on both by internal demands of local citizens for improvements in community assistance and services, and demands placed on local communities by higher levels of government. The study identified community needs, capacity building needs, capacity building gaps, and suggested mechanisms that could be used to minimize or alleviate the capacity building gaps. It was found that most capacity building gaps could be reduced without large additional expenditures of taxpayers' money or creating additional bureaucratic units in government. It was recommended that local governments make maximum effort to close fiscal capacity gaps through local tax efforts and cost-effective management, establish and periodically review job descriptions of all staff personnel and provide for clearcut lines of authority and responsibility, and take steps to involve more citizens in the planning process. Further, state and federal laws originally enacted to provide more open and responsive govenment should be reviewed to determine whether they tend to reduce citizen participation in local government. Other recommendations, copies of questionnaires, and references are included. (BRR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Richmond, VA.
Identifiers: Capacity Building; Local Autonomy; Virginia
Note: For related document, See RC 013 547.