ERIC Number: ED449945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Creating New Economic Opportunities: The Competitive Advantages of Rural America in the Next Century.
Isserman, Andrew M.
Much of today's rural America will be the fastest growing part of the nation in the next half century. The spread of large cities and the creation of new ones, the addition of almost 30 million senior citizens, and immigration into rural areas are powerful forces contributing to the development of rural America. Rural areas are competitive in a broad and growing range of industries, which in time will include elements of the new economy. Some rural places will be left behind. The Appalachian Regional Commission has demonstrated that successful regional development is possible, but the political will is lacking to implement it elsewhere, and rural places languish unnecessarily with poverty and unemployment. Our current statistical system makes it impossible to talk about rural America from a factual foundation, as "rural" is only defined as the absence of "metropolitan" and is confined to county boundaries. That which is rural must be defined and measured, because urban and rural are intertwined and key policy issues result from their interaction. The continuous metropolitanization of rural America is one dimension of that interaction, but metropolitanization does not mean the demise of rural activities, as demonstrated by more than a million metropolitan farmers. Rural policy must assure that growth happens on fair and wise terms conducive to both rural and urban people and activities. (Contains 14 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Economic Development, Employment Opportunities, Futures (of Society), Migration Patterns, Older Adults, Population Trends, Public Policy, Rural Development, Rural Urban Differences, Sociocultural Patterns
Full text at Web site: http://www.kc.frb.org/PUBLICAT/beyond/beyondmain.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Beyond Agriculture: New Policies for Rural America; see RC 022 804.