ERIC Number: ED335172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Rural Pennsylvanians--A Troubled People.
This report presents the problems of rural Pennsylvania and proposes solutions to those problems. Because the news media does not systematically report on rural situations, the public lacks awareness concerning the problems in rural Pennsylvania. Rural problems include high unemployment rates, high welfare expenditures, out migration, low educational attainment, and high divorce rates. County commissioners can form a Rural County Caucus, become active in statewide rural groups, support rural legislative initiatives, network with other rural areas, encourage local cooperation among agencies, and involve counties in regional cooperation. Specific suggestions for economic development are: (1) locating rural demonstration sites; (2) creating a non-partisan Blue Ribbon Committee to study the problems and report to the governor and legislature; (3) setting up a renaissance fund for the revitalization of economically depressed Pennsylvania counties; (4) developing a symposium on rural problems; (5) expanding the Center for Rural Pennsylvania; (6) overseeing economic development across regions; (7) encouraging investment in Pennsylvania; (8) providing services to scout for new business; (9) developing school-based industries; (10) setting up a statewide entrepreneurship education program for rural areas; (11) immediately investigating new or redefined industries; (12) regenerating the local economy; and (13) building a state university system in rural economic development. The document includes a proposal for a bill for a renaissance fund for revitalization of economically depressed Pennsylvania counties. (KS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Counties; Pennsylvania
Note: Prepared for the Rural County Caucus, Clarion, PA.