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Rural Change: Markets, Governance and Quality of Life
D. Freshwater, D. Debertin, A. Davis
Department of Agricultural Economics
Research will examine the role of labor market policy as it affects the supply and demand of workers in rural areas. A specific example of the work will be an analysis of local labor markets in rural Newfoundland and their adaptation to economic change. In many rural areas there is a considerable mismatch between the number of jobs and the number of workers. This can reflect an excess supply of workers or it may indicate a skill mismatch that can be resolved through training programs and targeted recruitment of firms.
2009 Project Description
Provided Western Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky counties an economic assessment of clusters in their region. Also provided each county with a leakage analysis to help them determine the best economic development strategy.
Numerous trainings were held for extension agents and local public officials on economic development strategies and the basic fundamentals of community and economic development.
Working with Nevada, Montana and Hawaii to coordinate the Community Business Matching (CBM) model. Created a facilitator's guide to the CBM model.
Prepared an annual Rural Development Newsletter that highlights trends in data in rural areas as well as available programs for communities. Started the "Growing Local Economies" initiative.
Working with 4 communities in Eastern Kentucky by helping them promote local businesses by first having them understand their current local economy.
We have also been working with a region in Eastern Kentucky interested in promoting agri-tourism. We have provided the foundation for community and economic development training that will allow them to create a regional plan for tourism.
The participants in Growing Local Economies can not give elevator speeches to their local public officials and have received buy-in from their community because the community now understands the importance of keeping their money local. One community created a local currency to promote local business ownership; this will help improve the incomes of local businesses. It is too early in the Growing Local Economies program for there to be a change in conditions but we hope to soon see a change in local business ownership and an increase in churn of the dollar locally.
Davis, Alison and Thomas R. Harris, "The Use of Double Hurdles Models: An Application to Nevada" in Targeting Regional Economic Development, editors Stephan Goetz, Steven Deller and Thomas Harris, March 2009.
Goetz, Stephan, Steve Deller, Thomas Harris, and Alison Davis. "What Have We Learned" in Targeting Regional Economic Development, editors Stephan Goetz, Steven Deller and Thomas Harris, March 2009.
Hudoyo, Agus, "The Production of Social Capital and Its Impact on Income: Using ZIP Code Area as Unit Analysis in Rural Area Kentucky", dissertation, 2009.