The American Midwest: Managing Change in Rural Transition (Google eBook)

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Norman Walzer
M.E. Sharpe, Jan 1, 2003 - Social Science - 304 pages
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Selected Contents: Part I. Overview1. Introduction and Overview, Norman Walzer2. The Changing Population of the Midwest: A Reflection on Opportunities, Paul Lasley and Margaret HansonPart II. Major Issues and Concerns3. Growth, Diversity, and Aging in the Midwest: An Examination of County Trends, 1990-2000, Andrew J. Sofranko and Mohamed M. Samy4. Population Trends and Impact on Viability, Thomas G. Johnson and James K. Scott5. Global Challenges and Opportunities for Midwest Farmers, Burton E. Swanson, Mohamed M. Samy, and Andrew J. Sofranko6. The Role of Agriculture in the Midwest Economy, Kimberly A. Zeuli and Steven C. DellerPart III. Possible Remedies7. Making the Case for Value-Added Agriculture in Economic Development, Christopher D. Merrett and Norman Walzer8. Rural Knowledge Clusters: The Challenge of Rural Economic Prosperity, Lee W. Munnich, Jr. and Greg Schrock9. Strengthening Local Rural Economies Through Entrepreneurship, Brian Dabson10. The Internet-Based Economy and Rural Economic Competitiveness, John C. Leatherman11. Financing Trends and Future Options for Rural Illinois and America, Raymond Lenzi12. Key Practices in Creating a Learning Community, John J. Gruidl and Ronald J. Hustedde13. Looking Forward by Looking Back: State Approaches to Rural Development, Tom Bonnett
  

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Contents

Introduction and Overview
3
The Changing Population of the Midwest A Reflection on Opportunities
16
Growth Diversity and Aging in the Midwest An Examination of County Trends 19902000
41
Population Trends and Impact on Viability
70
Global Challenges and Opportunities for Midwest Farmers
89
The Role of Agriculture in the Midwest Economy
114
Making the Case for ValueAdded Agriculture in Economic Development
135
Rural Knowledge Clusters The Challenge of Rural Economic Prosperity
159
Strengthening Local Rural Economies Through Entrepreneurship
177
The InternetBased Economy and Rural Economic Competitiveness
197
Financing Trends and Future Options for Rural Illinois and America
224
Key Practices in Creating a Learning Community
246
Looking Forward by Looking Back State Approaches to Rural Development
265
About the Contributors
291
Index
297
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NORMAN WALZER is Professor of Economics and Director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University. He is the editor or coeditor of the following titles: "Rural Health Care" (Praeger, 1992), "Rural Community Economic Development" (Praeger, 1991), and "Financing Rural Health Care" (Praeger, 1988).

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