Friday, March 19, 2010

Heartland Papers - policy wonking on rural development

Excellent papers on rural economy development (stop chasing smokestacks) and Mexican immigration in the Midwest (3rd rail, but data are data.....)

Read at least the executive summary of "Transforming the Rural Economy in the Midwest". 

Very consistent with good practices/emerging wonking on building sustainable local economies.

The USDA has started a new series of reports on Micropolitan areas (above) link at and also analysis reflecting the influence of Urban areas, notable "no town no center" for the SE corner of the bootheel, for example. Link at

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