Recreational Homes, Gateway Communities, and Rural Development
PI: Marcouiller, D. (University of Wisconsin –
Co-PIs: Deller, S. (University of Wisconsin – Madison), Erkkila, D. (NC Research and Outreach Center), Gartner, B. (University of Minnesota – Twin Cities), Green, G. (University of Wisconsin – Madison), Haverkampf, K. (University of Wisconsin), Skidmore, M. (Michigan State University), Vogt, C. (Michigan State University), Winkler, R. (University of Wisconsin – Madison), Ziebarth, A. (University of Minnesota – Twin Cities)
The use of recreational homes by absentee (non-local) owners creates both opportunities and pitfalls for rural community leaders, their citizenry, local business owners, and those concerned about land use and development planning. A multi-state team from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan will use this NCRCRD grant to develop: 1. an applied research agenda focusing on the challenges and opportunities associated with recreational home ownership and supporting preliminary pilot research, 2. longer-term, large-scale applied research proposals for funding by federal agencies and/or foundations, and 3. a set of outreach materials to address rural development issues pertinent to the recreational home - gateway community phenomenon. While our work will focus on the Lake States of Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin, our intent is to develop materials that can be transferable to other regions throughout the North Central United States and elsewhere experiencing analogous recreational home pressures.