ERIC Number: ED115435
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Case Study of Local Needs for Information on Industrial Development. Extension Studies 55.
Fuller, Theodore E.; Turner, Francis C.
In order to identify some basic types of information concerning industrial development which might be useful to decision-makers at the local level, an opinion survey was conducted in five bordering nonmetropolitan Pennsylvania counties. A 13-item questionnaire was mailed to 222 local organizations, categorized by response rate as follows: (1) industrial development groups and chambers of commerce (60 percent); (2) banks (13 percent); (3) county boards of commissioners (40 percent); (4) borough councils (22 percent); (5) township boards of supervisors or planning commissions (23 percent). Questionnaire items included: (1) evaluating desires or needs; (2) estimating benefits and costs; (3) assisting existing industries; (4) establishing industrial development goals; (5) working with prospects; (6) financing; (7) inventory of area resources; (8) utilizing regional organizations; (9) coordinating group efforts; (10) success stories; (11) identifying new prospects; (12) identifying local leadership; and (13) establishing organizations. Major findings indicated that: (1) industrial development groups had the most interest in securing information; (2) banks were very uninterested in industrial development; (3) county commissioners and borough officials were fairly interested; (4) many township officials were not interested in industrial development; and (5) boroughs and townships were most interested in outside and interlocal cooperation and needs assessments. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC. Economic Development Div.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Cooperative Extension Service.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania