ERIC Number: ED221333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Monongalia Area Survey, 1981: Citizens' Views on Industrial Development and Quality of Life. Bulletin 676.
Stout-Wiegand, Nancy; And Others
The 1981 Monongalia (West Virginia) Area Survey (MAS) polled 485 townspeople and 220 students about certain attitudes and economic and social conditions in an area likely to be the focus of coal-based energy developments. Townspeople were predominately middle-aged, had a high prevalence of home-ownership, and had lived in the area for a relatively long time. Blue and white collar occupations were well represented, and a large proportion of employed townspeople worked in some part of the "energy industry." Quality of life was generally rated high, with respondents often mentioning that they appreciated the rural, peaceful atmosphere; the friendly people; and availability of West Virginia University. Respondents were not happy with roads, employment opportunities, and parking and traffic congestion. Air and water pollution were cited as problems by a significant percentage of respondents. A slightly higher percentage were dissatisfied with public school facilities than with the curriculum. Reacting to four proposed industrial developments, respondents saw both benefits and liabilities, and many believed planning should precede industrial development. Students appeared to be nearly as approving of proposed industries as townspeople. Development attitudes generally appeared to reflect economic self-interest; nevertheless, other factors also influenced those attitudes, particularly concern with quality of life in the Monongalia area. (Author/BRR).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rural Development Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Univ., Morgantown. Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.
Identifiers: Appalachia (Monongalia Area); Energy Development; Pennsylvania; West Virginia (Monongalia County)
Note: Also supported by the West Virginia University Energy Research Center and Division of Resource Management.