ERIC Number: ED434779
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Program Report of the Four Regional Rural Development Centers, 1997.
North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Ames, IA.
A combined report of the four Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs) and their partners focuses on selected outreach and research activities, projects, and accomplishments in fiscal year 1997. The report is organized around five topics identified as key issues for the mid 1990s: (1) improving economic competitiveness, diversity, and adaptability of small or rural communities; (2) linking natural resource industries with community and environmental resources; (3) increasing community capacity to deal with change; (4) enhancing self-reliance of families and communities; and (5) facilitating development of policies that enhance the well-being of rural people and small towns. For each topic, brief project descriptions provide insight into the number and diversity of people involved in development of RRDC programs, links to other organizations and institutions, integration of research and outreach, relevance to regional or national issues, and effects on rural people. Challenges faced by RRDCs include rapidly changing economic and policy settings, new cadres of professionals involved in rural development without access to training and research support, increasing demands for accountability for all programs, shrinking resources in the public sector, increasing ethnic diversity, and environmental conflicts. (CDS)
Descriptors: Community Development, Economic Development, Economically Disadvantaged, Natural Resources, Public Policy, Regional Programs, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Rural Education, Rural Family, Self Help Programs
North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Iowa State University, 107 Curtiss Hall, Ames, IA 50011-1050. Tel: 515-294-8321.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Ames, IA.