ERIC Number: ED438118
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Rural South: From Shadows to Sunshine.
Winter, William F.
Rural South: Preparing for the Challenges of the 21st Century, n2 Jan 2000
The South can move out of the shadows of the harsh economic realities of the last 15 years and into the sunshine of developing new strategies to take advantage of the region's strengths. These strengths include a vast wealth of natural resources; a Sunbelt location; and most important, a huge reservoir of undeveloped human capital. The road to sunshine entails building stronger relationships across race, class, and institutional lines; investing in the region's human capital resources to produce an educated and well-trained work force; and recognizing the importance of technology as a key to attracting new businesses to rural communities. The first and most obvious barrier to economic success separates the poorly educated from the well-trained. In many of the South's poorest areas, poor schools not only shortchange their own kids but also send a bad signal to outside businesses that might want to locate there. The region's universities and community colleges can lead the way in creating a commitment to quality public education. Other barriers to rural development include deregulation and economic trends that favor urban areas, differences based on race, and the need to build capacity for local development. Overcoming these barriers present a challenge to everyone in the South, but centers particularly on the kind of leadership that people are willing to provide. (SV)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Economic Development, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Human Capital, Labor Force Development, Racial Relations, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Technology, Urban to Rural Migration
Southern Rural Development Center, Box 9656, 410 Bost Extension Building, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Tel: 662-325-3207; Fax:662-325-8915; For full text: http://www.ext.msstate.edu/srdc/publications/millennium.htm.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Farm Foundation, Oak Brook, IL.
Authoring Institution: Southern Rural Development Center, Mississippi State, MS.