ERIC Number: ED328675
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-3
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The Rusty Bucket. Community Economic Development that Makes Sense.
Leuci, Mary Simon
A dynamic community economic development and education process has emerged in Missouri. This effort is bringing about changed awareness and attitudes as well as developing skills and community self-help actions as a result of collaboration between communities, Extension specialists, and the University of Missouri-Columbia. One of the institutions growing out of the need of Missouri communities for assistance is the Clearinghouse for Community Economic Development, initiated in mid-1985 at the university. The primary mission of the clearinghouse is to empower community members to make informed decisions and to shape the future actively for themselves. Community economic development is an education and action process that involves many people thinking through the future of their community, seeing that the changing world is providing new opportunities for innovation and revitalization, and then working together to make their dreams a reality. The process enables people to believe that it is possible to create jobs or income using local resources through actually seeing others' success. The clearinghouse uses "Rusty Bucket Workshops" to introduce a method of analyzing a local economy for opportunities. Then the participants brainstorm projects which could lead to important substitution, value addition, or resource enhancement. One means of developing a deeper understanding of the workings of the local economy is by using the Economic Base Study, a computer model developed at the University of Missouri which gives a profile of a county's economy that allows for comparison with all of Missouri's counties plus any other state counties which border on Missouri. Finally, another important tool developed by the clearinghouse, the Tool Kit for Economic Development, helps participants share information and sparks creativity. Adult educators and Extension leaders can play a leadership role in fostering community economic development. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Tulsa, OK, November 3, 1988).