ERIC Number: ED317328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Signs of Progress: A Report on Rural America's Revitalization Efforts.
Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
This report outlines the major rural development programs and initiatives of the Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies. Diverse economic realities make necessary differential rural development policies and programs. The federal budget deficit makes it necessary that the government use creative and efficient management techniques to stretch limited resources and direct them to the areas demonstrating the greatest need. Federal assistance can be financial, physical (infrastructural), or human resource-related. The Department of Agriculture has played a role supporting town meetings and local initiatives in several U.S. communities. Similarly, eleven major federal departments report on current programs that specifically target and serve rural areas. They include the departments of: Commerce, Defense, Army, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, and Transportation. Federal projects are also described by six independent federal agencies including the Small Business Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Veterans Administration, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Interstate Commerce Commission, and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Rather than being a comprehensive listing of programs and activities, this report serves as a general primer about the federal government's efforts on behalf of rural development. It also details the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 1989 rural development strategy and describes the 1990 rural development budget. (TES)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.