ERIC Number: ED301371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
A Brighter Future for Rural America? Strategies for Communities and States.
John, DeWitt; And Others
This book outlines the competitive challenge facing rural America and discusses signs of hope for the rural economy. It reports some "secrets of success" in 16 rural farm belt counties that have gained employment while most rural areas are losing jobs. It also describes new state initiatives to help rural communities and lists operating principles to guide state efforts. Chapter 1, "Signs of Gloom, Signs of Hope," reviews signs of rural economic distress and outlines the questions addressed by this study. Chapter 2, "Predicting Patterns of Growth in the Rural Farm Belt," discusses patterns of rural economic growth, including a model explaining patterns of rural econonic change. The chapter also discusses classifications of high-growth counties. Chapter 3, "Successful Strategies for Rural Economic Growth," explains the selection of high-growth communities for study and lists eight keys to their success. Chapter 4, "State Support for Rural Economic Development," includes the following sections: (1) Building Statewide Economic Development Strategies; (2) Targeting and Customizing Economic Development Initiatives; (3) Organizing to Address the Problems of Rural and Distressed Areas; and (4) Conclusions. Chapter 5, "Crafting State Rural Strategies," includes ideas for discussion and further research. There are three appendices, including: (1) a literature review on "Determinants of Economic Growth"; (2) a "Model for Predicting Employment Change in the Rural Farm Belt"; and (3) an explanation of the field research methods used in this study. A bibliography of 102 references is included. (TES)
Descriptors: Community Development, Developmental Programs, Economic Change, Economic Development, Economic Progress, Economic Research, Poverty Areas, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Rural Economics, State Officials, Surveys
Publications Desk, National Governors' Association, 444 North Capitol Street, Washington, DC 20001 ($12.95).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Aspen Inst., Durham, NH. Rural Economic Policy Program.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC. Center for Policy Research.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A