ERIC Number: ED317362
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr-20
Reference Count: N/A
Midstates Rural Revitalization, 1989: A Four-State Community Development Conference. Proceedings of the Annual Midstates Conference (2nd, Worthington, Minnesota, April 20, 1989).
Vandehaar, Alan, Ed.
This booklet contains summaries of workshop presentations at the conference on community development. This conference brought local community officials and leaders together with interested citizens to learn about successful rural community development activities occurring in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Sessions covered four main topic areas: cooperation, leadership, marketing, and planning. The keynote speaker, Lloyd Lunder, discussed economic problems of rural communities and the positive role bankers can play in community development. Participants at a pre-conference session watched a videotape reviewing the history of rural communities since 1890, and they identified critical issues facing their communities. Cooperation workshops focused on the successful efforts of individuals to maintain essential local businesses; the involvement of banks and private non-profit organizations as components of a community development strategy; and the successful cooperation of neighboring local governments on business recruitment, water resources development, and business capital formation. Leadership workshops stressed the importance of flexibility in considering new ideas and described innovative programs in youth leadership and entrepreneurship as well as Extension Service leadership training programs. Marketing workshops discussed tourism development, the community image, and "selling" the community to outsiders. Planning workshops described community needs assessment, goal setting, and goal implementation. (SV)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Ames, IA.
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames. Cooperative Extension Service.; Nebraska Univ., Lincoln. Cooperative Extension Service.; Minnesota Cooperative Extension Service, Worthington.; South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service, Sioux Falls.
Identifiers - Location: Iowa; Minnesota; Nebraska; South Dakota