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ERIC Number: ED503804
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Public Libraries and Community Economic Development: Partnering for Success. Rural Research Report. Volume 18, Issue 10, Winter 2008
Hamilton-Pennell, Christine
Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
In the past decade, economic development experts have moved away from traditional approaches to economic development that have relied upon recruiting or attracting large businesses with offers of tax breaks, financial incentives, and other subsidies. Increasingly, communities are focusing their economic development resources on supporting the growth of existing businesses and creating a nurturing and information-rich environment where new entrepreneurs can flourish. Public libraries are natural partners in local economic development efforts, since they are usually centrally located in a community, provide a variety of resources designed to foster human growth and development, promote early literacy and school readiness, and develop workforce capacity. This report examines the role that public libraries can play in supporting local economic development efforts and, specifically, in helping to create vibrant communities and meet the information and workforce needs of local entrepreneurs. The report presents success stories from the Library System of Lancaster County (PA) and the Cecil County (MD) Public Library Small Business Information Center, and presents practical steps for creating public library/economic development partnerships. A list of resources is included.
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: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Illinois University, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Maryland; Michigan; Pennsylvania; Tennessee