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ERIC Number: EJ784298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0036-0112
The Role of Local Development Organizations in Rural America
Green, Gary Paul; Haines, Anna; Dunn, Adam; Sullivan, Daniel Monroe
Rural Sociology, v67 n3 p394-415 Sep 2002
Rural communities rely increasingly on local development organizations (LDOs) to promote economic development. The rise of LDOs has been the source of much debate. Using a national data set that links local governments with development organizations, we contrast the economic development activities, and their outcomes, of local governments and development organizations in rural America. We find that LDOs are involved in more economic development activities than are local governments. They are more successful at business recruitment and more effective at retention/expansion, both in number of firms and in jobs. The organizational networks of LDOs and local governments consistently influence their effectiveness. Finally, we examine the effects of an LDOs' presence on the outcomes of business recruitment and of retention and expansion activities. The results suggest that the LDOs' success may be due in part to the networks in which they are embedded and to the amount of effort they make to promote growth. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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