ERIC Number: ED328382
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Revitalizing the Rural South. Extension's Role in Enhancing the Quality of Life. Proceedings of a Regional Conference (Birmingham, Alabama, January 16-18, 1990).
Southern Rural Development Center, Mississippi State, MS.
Cooperative Extension Service personnel from 13 Southern states attended a conference on rural revitalization, focusing on Extension's role in (1) economic development, (2) human capital, and (3) infrastructure; 17 of the 22 papers presented are divided among those categories. Three of the remaining papers provide respectively, an overview of the South's political and economic history, educational history and trends, and need for new leadership; suggestions for needed changes in the structure and role of the Cooperative Extension System; and an outline of public policy perspectives on rural revitalization). Two other papers briefly discuss Extension's role in enhancing the quality of life and the foundations and challenges of rural America. Presentations in the economic development section discuss Extension education's role in rural economic development and entrepreneurship, major trends shaping the business environment in the 1990s, recent federal legislation related to rural development, paradigms for building community leadership programs, value-added activities, three case studies of rural industrial development, and three case studies of home-based or small business development. Papers in the human capital section discuss education as empowerment; job and labor force trends in the 1990s; a resource development approach to community health issues; a community program to develop decision-making skills in adolescents; and combatting the problems of adult illiteracy and high school dropouts through a partnership of family, school, and community. Papers in the infrastructure section discuss the relationship between infrastructure and economic development, the need for strategic capital improvement planning, local infrastructure needs in the rural South, strategies for improving housing at the community level, wastewater management, and Extension's role in strengthening Georgia's community health infrastructure. (SV)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Rural Development Center, Mississippi State, MS.