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Strategies for Economic Improvement in Appalachia's Distressed Rural Counties

May 2012
Tim Ezzell, Dayton Lambert, and Eric Ogle
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

This report provides an understanding of the challenges confronting economic and community development efforts in rural Appalachian communities and explains the ways local governments, agencies, and community organizations plan and respond to challenging issues. The authors of this report examined ten representative case study counties, which were selected using a number of criteria, including economic performance, location, infrastructure investment, and demographic factors.

On November 27, 2012, researchers from the University of Tennessee held a webinar to review this research study. The webinar presentation is available in PDF format (2.7 MB).

Full Report in PDF (12.9 MB)