Nonmetropolitan & Rural Development



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Rural Development - US Dept. of Agriculture

Transitions: New Incentives for Rural Communities by Karyn Moscowitz and Randal O'Toole | Thoreau Institute

"Many Western communities have grown to depend on timber sales, mining, and grazing on federal lands. Controversies over the subsidies and environmental problems associated with commodity production have led federal managers to reduce timber and grazing production. Some communities are looking at recreation as an alternate economic base."

Rural America, formerly Rural Development Perspectives (PDF Archives) [US Dept. of Agriculture, Economic Research Service]

No Back Roads: A Documentarry

In the summer of 1997, the "No Back Roads" team -- Jim Heid (that's me), Maryellen Kelly, and Trixie -- drove from California to New England and then back again. Our goal: to research and document how the Internet and World Wide Web are influencing rural America...

Rural Development and Universal Access [International Telecommunications Union]

Brief description of ITU 's Buenos Aires Action Plan Programme Nos. 9 & 12 (Valetta Action Plan Programme 3)
Most of the populations of developing countries live in rural and often isolated areas. This is also where most of the resources are located. Access to information and telecommunications is essential for development of such areas but is still inadequate or non-existing.

USDA Rural Development Assistance

USDA coordinates Federal assistance to rural areas in attempts to help rural Americans to improve the quality of their lives.

CTCNet/Civil Rights Forum MIRA Project [Rural Projects in Kentucky, Nevada, and Virginia Awarded CTCNet/Civil Rights Grants for Communications Policy Projects]

The Community Technology Centers' Network (CTCNet) and the Civil Rights Forum on Communications Policy have announced that three rural projects have been awarded grants ranging from $3,000 to 4,000 from their collaborative Communications Policy Project.

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Rural Development Perspective (online journal, Economic Research Service, Dept. of Agriculture)

Beyers & Lindahl, "Lone Eagles and High Fliers in Rural Producer Services." by William B. Beyers and David P. Lindahl. "Producer service firms are growing rapidly in rural areas. Included in this expansion are "Lone Eagles" export-oriented sole proprietors and "High Fliers" export-oriented companies with at least one employee. Interviews with 240 rural producer service firms located in a diverse sample of rural counties show that about 40 percent of the businesses are Lone Eagles or High Fliers." Rural Development Perspectives (Now: Rural America) 11(3), 1997 [also access to pdf file]

Briggs, H. and J. Rees, "Control Factors in the Economic Development of Non-Metropolitan America," Environment and Planning A, 14,1982, 1645-16666.

Brinkman, George, ed., The Development of Rural America. Lawrence: U.of Kansas Press, 1974.

Capalbo, Susan M., Innovations in the Delivery of Health Care Services to Rural Communities: Telemedicine and Limited-Service Hospitals Rural America, 14(3), Oct. 1999

Over the last decade, changes in health care policy, demographics, and technology have presented new opportunities for delivering medical care in rural areas. Telemedicine and limited-service hospitals are two innovations currently used to strengthen the likelihood of continued health care in rural communities.

Cromley, R.G. and T.R. Leinbach, "The Pattern and Imapct of the Filter Down Process in Non-Metropolitan Kentucky," Econ.Geog. 57(3), July 1981, 208-24.

Erickson, Rodney. "Filtering-Down Process: Industrial Location in a Nonmetropolitan Area," Prof.Geog.28(1976), 254-55.

Glasmeier, A. and G. Borchard, "Research Policy and Review 31: From Branch Plants to Back Offices: Prospects for Rural Services Growth," Environment and Planning A 21(12), 1565-83.

Glasmeier, Amy K. and Marie Howland, From Combines to Computers: Rural Services and Development in the Age of Information Technology. State University of NY Press, 1995. [HD9981.5. G52]

Hansen, Niles. The Future of Nonmetropolitan America. Lexington Books, 1973

Hansen, Niles. Improving Access to Economic Opportunity: Nonmetropolitan Labor Markets in an Urban Society, Ballinger, Cambridge, 1976.

Hart, John Fraser. THE RURAL LANDSCAPE / JOHN FRASER HART. Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998. [LOCATIONS = Suzzallo/Allen Stacks, Tacoma Branch Campus.]

Hawley, Amos H. and Sara Mills Mazie, eds., Nonmetropolitan America in Transition. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina Press, 1981. (chs by Hoch, Thompson, Beale, Clawson, Service, Environment, Land use, Government, Manufacturing etc.)(HT 123 N65)

Hodge, Ian and Martin Whitby, Rural Employment: Trends, Options Choices. N.Y.: Methuen, 1981 (authors are Australian and English)

ILBERY, Brian, ed., THE GEOGRAPHY OF RURAL CHANGE. Harlow : Longman, 1998.

Johnston, Bruce F. and W.C Clark, Redesigning Rural Development: A Strategic Perspective. Baltimore: John Hopkins, 1982 [HD1415 J63 1982]

Kansas, Federal Reserve Bank,

"Economic Forces Shaping the Rural Heartland is an extremely valuable source of critical thinking, data and information for those interested in a 12-state region that includes seven states served by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The Bank is to be applauded for providing the initiative and leadership for this easy-to-read volume, and for selecting such well known authorities for each of the six chapters contained in the monograph." [includes chapter by Beyers]
Reviewed by Sam Cordes, Professor of Agricultural Economics and Director of the Center for Rural Community Revitalization at the University of Nebraska

Lonsdale, Richard E. and H.L. Seyler, eds., Nonmetropolitan Industrialization NY:Wiley, 1979. (papers by Erickson, Leinbach, Fuguitt, on Branch Plants etc.)(HC110 D5 N66, BA)

Lonsdale, Richard E. and Gyorgy Enyedi, eds., Rural Public Services: International Comparisons. Boulder: Westview, 1984.

Müller, Jeannette. The distribution of IT in Europe's rural areas (Objective 1 and 5b), its current state-of-the-art and its potential role for future economic developments: A survey of local actors in Europe's rural areas (RSA, Vienna 1998)

OECD, Networks of enterprises and local development : competing and co-operating in local productive systems. Paris: Organisation for Economic Co-operation andDevelopment, 1996. ("This publication is the result of a conference on Local Systems of Small Firms and Job Creation held in 1995"--Foreword. "LEED, Local Economic and Employment Development.". Includes bibliographical references.) Local Economic and Employment Development (Program). (Territorial development studies.) [Suzzallo General Stacks HD69.S8 N47 1996]

Platt, Rutherford H. and George Macinko, Beyond the Urban Fringe: Land Use Issues of Nonmetropolitan America. University of Minnesota Press 1983.

Rushton, Gerard, "Lessons from the Debate on Location Analysis in Rural Economioc Development," International Regional Science Review, 15(3), 317-24, 1993.

Summers, Gene. Industrial Invasion of Nonmetropolitan America. N.Y. Praeger, 1976.

Tweeten,L. and G.L.Brinkman, Micropolitan Development. Ames: Iowa State U.Press,1976

Vining, Daniel et al. "Population Dispersal From Core Regions: A Description and Tentative Explanation of the Patterns in 21 Countries," Ch.4 in Hicks and Glickman, pp.8lff.

Wallace, George. Using Microenterprise Programs in the Rural United States Rural America 15(1), Feb. 2000.

Microenterprise programs have received a great deal of attention in the United States in recent years as the number and scope of such programs have grown. Unlike most government programs aimed at existing businesses, these programs are frequently directed at the chronically unemployed, poor single parents, and welfare recipients.

Wardwell, John M. "Revitalization of Rural America: Patterns and Consequences of Nonmetropolitan and Rural Growth," Ch.III in Hicks, Donald and N.J.Glickman, eds., Transition to the 21st Century: Prospects and Polcies for Economic and Urban-Regional Transformation. JAI Press, Greenwich, Conn. 1983. (HT123 T67 1983, Main)

Wheat, Leonard F. Urban Growth in the Nonmetropolitan South. Heath/Lexington 1976.

Whiting,, L.R., ed., Rural Industrialization: Problems and Potentials (Ames: Iowa State Univ. Press , 1974).

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