ERIC Number: ED371162
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
From the Grassroots: Results of a National Study of Rural Self-Development Projects.
Green, Gary P.; And Others
A study examined efforts to promote community-based economic development in 103 communities that adopted self-development strategies involving local governments working with other public and private entities providing employment, income, and services to local communities. Based on data collected from these communities, the study evaluated how and why communities pursued this form of development, relative costs and benefits of these strategies, and factors influencing the jobs created and income generated in these efforts. Self-development projects faced many of the same obstacles as traditional economic development activities. Credit was, however, more of a problem for self-development efforts than other economic development activities because lenders were hesitant to take the risk. Success at self-development required adopting the appropriate organizational structure, obtaining technical assistance, and choosing a strategy that fits the local economic and social structure. Policy recommendations were that technical assistance and information allowed rural communities to implement their own economic development activities; activities needed to be kept at a workable scale; and access to credit was essential. (Contains 32 references. A model of community economic development is appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC. Agriculture and Rural Economy Div.
Note: For a related document, see CE 066 625.