This book provides an understanding of how the new economic environment works out at the ground level of the rural economy and community and of the policy initiatives. It presents an overview of both the potentials for and the problems with economic adaptation alternatives for nonmetropolitan areas.
Introduction 1. The Rural Economic Gap: Fact or Fiction? 2. Manufacturing Decentralization: Has the Filtering-Down Process Fizzled Out? 3. Utilization of Rural Labor Resources 4. Endogenous Growth Centers: Lessons from Rural Denmark 5. Small and Midsize Enterprise Development: Prospects for Nonmetropolitan Areas 6. Service Industries in the Rural Economy: The Role and Potential Contributions 7. Attracting Retirees as a Development Strategy 8. The Potential for Tourism Development in Nonmetropolitan Areas 9. High-Tech Manufacturing: Problems and Prospects 10. Nontraditional Agriculture: An Economic Development Alternative 11. Foreign Direct Investment: Prospects for Employment Generation in Nonmetropolitan Areas 12. State and Local Government Policies 13. Removing Rural Development Barriers Through Telecommunications: Illusion or Reality? 14. Cross-Hairs Targeting for Industries and Occupations 15. Rural Development Policy Options