Current Thinking in Rural Economic Growth and Development

PI: Steven C. Deller (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Co-PIs: Rebekka Martin Dudensing (Texas A&M University), Becca B.R. Jablonski (Colorado State University), Mike Woods (Oklahoma State University-Stillwater), David Chicoine, (South Dakota State University)
Award: $20,000

Project Abstract

The Great Recession hit rural America particularly hard and many rural communities have yet to fully recovery. The policy options at the federal, state and local are complex and require serious reconsideration. This project aims to bring together a team of rural development scholars to identify and summarize the current state of the rural economy, and provide a range of potential strategies. Rural America continues to lag behind urban America across several key economic metrics.

Too often our public policy discussions present overly broad and simplistic ideas, such as reducing taxes to attract better jobs. Given the perceived ‘failure’ of rural development policy across the U.S., the time is ripe for a fresh look and new ideas to support rural America. This effort, tacking a wide range of rural development issues, is an attempt to uncover strategies across a range of topic areas that will improve rural communities and economies.