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ERIC Number: ED536039
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
Bigger Is Not Always Better: Bardstown, Kentucky. Rural Research Report. Volume 22, Issue 3, Spring 2011
Huston, Kim
Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
Since we were young, we have been raised to believe that "bigger is better" and that the big city is the place you have to go to live an exciting life and have a successful career. Far too many individuals believe that small and rural towns are not the places for opportunity but that they are places to live for those who have no aspirations for achievement and where excitement and nightlife are basically nonexistent. As someone who works and lives in a growing small town, the author believes this could not be further from the truth. There are successful communities with continuous population increases, and residents could not imagine living anywhere else. Small towns are still places where many large national companies call home, where they have located their corporate headquarters, including L. L Bean in Freeport, Maine; Smuckers in Orrville, Ohio; and Cracker Barrel in Lebanon, Tennessee. The founders of each of these companies realized that the size of a community did not matter when a vision and a desire to do something great exists. These companies attest to the quote that "big fish can swim in small ponds." People also locate in small towns for reasons other than business. They are now retiring and sometimes reinventing themselves in small towns. However, we must also be honest and realize that there are those communities across the country where, unfortunately, the forecast is not so bright. The author wants to categorize this report as a "grassroots" report with ideas and information from people who live and work in rural America every day to foster economic growth and to lessen the spiraling population decline with which so many smaller communities are dealing. Much of this report is based on what she experienced in her hometown of Bardstown, Kentucky (pop. 11,000), and the surrounding region.
Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. Western Illinois University, 518 Stipes Hall, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455. Tel: 309-298-2637; Fax: 309-298-2142; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Illinois University, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky