ERIC Number: ED447988
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Rural Development Issues in the Northeast: 2000-2005. Working Paper.
Goetz, Stephan J.
This paper examines social and economic forces affecting rural areas at the beginning of the 21st century and lists potential strategies to cope with those concerns. Rural development is necessary to place rural and urban areas on a more equal footing, compensate for the youth "brain drain," preserve the retirement-option value, relieve urban congestion and achieve optimal population distribution, accommodate rural living preferences, bring jobs to rural people, protect family farms, and assist the 12 percent of the Northeast population that is not participating in the current economic boom. Rural development trends and concerns include the widening rural-to-urban income gap, the increasing pressure on natural resources from urban sprawl and other land uses, and the challenges to small units of local government presented by federal devolution. Current and emerging actionable rural development issues facing the Northeast are grouped into three broad categories: community economic and social development, environmental issues, and local governance and the development of community leaders. Subdivisions of these categories related to educational needs, entrepreneurship, leadership development, and the links between environmental quality and economic growth are presented in question form, and readers are asked to identify the single most important issue that the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development should address and what, specifically, the Center should do to address this issue. (TD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, University Park, PA.