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ERIC Number: ED456017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Pages: 25
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Human Capital among Rural Community Leaders: An Examination of the Skills and Knowledge Contributed by Return Migrants and Newcomers "From Away" to Town Governance in a Down East Community.
Grimes, Jody
In these changing times, rural communities must be able to solve unforeseen problems, adapt to economic and social changes, and sustain their efforts into the future. Their capacity to do so is dependent on the human capital among civic leaders. This paper examines human capital among civic leaders in Herring Bay, Maine, a rural, coastal community. The 57 community leaders studied included 24 return migrants with family roots in the community and 33 relative newcomers "from away." In-depth interviews, participant observation, archival research, and case study analysis of town governance provided a portrait of the skills and abilities brought to bear on civic life by Herring Bay's community leaders. The study found that in poor, remote Herring Bay, human capital among civic leaders was not lacking. Community leaders had much higher levels of education than the general U.S. population, and also had extensive business management experience and other skills applicable to municipal administration. Returnees brought their education and experience back to their native place and were making important contributions to civic leadership. However, these leaders were lacking in the very specialized skills and knowledge needed for managing today's municipalities. Training for volunteer citizen leaders is crucial in rural places lacking the resources to hire and retain professional municipal managers. (Contains 48 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Maine