ERIC Number: ED111574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: N/A
The Industrialization of Southern Rural Areas. A Study of Industry and Federal Assistance in Small Towns with Recommendations for Future Policy.
Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Incorporating field studies and literature reviews, 2 cities and 2 towns in Mississippi and South Carolina were investigated to determine the socioeconomic impact of Southern rural industrialization and to aid the Economic Development Administration (EDA) in developing policy relative to allocation of funds. Visiting each town/city 3 times and employing open-ended interview techniques, interviewing included officials; plant and personnel managers; formal institution representatives; knowledgeables not representing institutions; employed and unemployed industrial workers and unemployed adults lacking industrial experience; and State and Federal agency representatives. Based on the findings, major policy recommendations were: (1) selected small towns found to act as large labor market centers should be included in EDA's growth center development scheme with top priority given to identifying and developing labor force potential and developing employment; (2) if Negroes are to be affected, current industry subsidization schemes should be replaced by labor (wage) subsidies administered at higher than local level; (3) better comprehensive programs and more program coordination is needed in towns receiving EDA assistance; and (4) leadership and planning capability must be improved within centers and funds should be devoted to this within Development District programs. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Economic Development Administration (DOC), Washington, DC. Office of Economic Research.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.