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Public-private partnerships, cooperative agreements, and the production of public services in small and rural municipalities

Using data from approximately 1,000 small and mostly rural municipalities from Illinois, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin, the authors study choices in production arrangements over a wide range of services, and examine a variety of contracting options available to local governments. The data reveal that municipalities often rely on contracts to provide an extensive list of services. ; The use of for-profit contractors and cooperative agreements with other governments correlates negatively with population. Nonetheless, small municipalities are less likely to use competitive bidding processes, ...
New England Public Policy Center Working Paper , Paper 08-4

Journal Article
It's not quite business as usual: firms look for new ways to grow in rural New England

Regional Review , Volume 8 , Issue Q 3 , Pages 14-18

Journal Article
Economic strength in rural New York

In New York State, where economic growth has been sluggish for much of the last decade, the rural economy has done relatively well. The population and labor force in rural areas are expanding, and the number of jobs growing. We take a look at this robust rural economy, examining population and job growth, industrial composition, and income patterns in the state's rural areas.
The Regional Economy of Upstate New York , Issue Fall

Journal Article
Roundtables explore the challenges faced by rural economies

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Buffalo Branch and Office of Regional and Community Affairs conducted a series of roundtable talks in May 2001. The talks, cosponsored by the Independent Bankers of New York State, the North Country Alliance, and the Rural Housing Coalition, were held to determine what issues most concern the region's rural communities and to give participants an opportunity to share information that might help in planning economic growth strategies.
The Regional Economy of Upstate New York , Issue Sum (suppl)

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Do scenic amenities foster economic growth in rural areas?

Rural areas in the Tenth District are experiencing a period of renewed economic growth in the 1990s. After a decade of lackluster performance in the 1980s, rural areas are enjoying stronger employment and income growth. Employment growth in rural areas has averaged almost 2 percent per year from 1990 to 1995,while incomes have risen just less than 1 percent per year. ; While the district's rural economy has rebounded in the 1990s, only about a third of all rural counties have shared in the recovery. There may be a number of reasons for the uneven recovery, but analysts have noted than many of ...
Regional Economic Digest , Issue Q I , Pages 11-16

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Amenities, local conditions and fiscal determinants of factor growth in rural America

This paper examines how amenities, asset indicators, and fiscal factors influence the growth in factors of production from 1972 to 1999 in the 466 non-metropolitan labor market areas in the continental United States. In developing our model of non-metropolitan factor markets, we combine the emphasis of Brown et al. (2003) on the affect of taxes and public expenditure policy on labor and capital formation with the emphasis of Beeson et al. (2001) on the importance of climate and natural features on localized population growth. We develop our own measure of capital stock in non-metropolitan ...
Research Working Paper , Paper RWP 06-08

Working Paper
Determinants of rural growth: winners and losers in the 1980s

Research Working Paper , Paper 92-11

Journal Article
The changing influence of market structure on performance in rural banking markets 1985 through 2005.

This study analyzes the impact of market concentration on the performance of banks in rural banking markets and attempts to determine if the influence of market concentration has changed over the last 20 years. It offers some evidence that the relationship between traditional measures of market concentration and bank performance may be changing, which may have implications for the application of antitrust policy in markets of this type.
Financial Industry Perspectives , Issue Jan

Journal Article
Strategic options for bankers in rural development

Many agricultural communities in the Midwest have experience protracted job and population loss. With recent strains in agriculture and the potential for further loss looming, many bankers have expressed an interest in initiatives they can undertake to promote local growth and development. This article outlines a community development process to help bankers succeed with their development activities. Within the context of this process, it recounts the community development initiatives of several small rural community banks, examining the management decisions behind them and lessons gleaned ...
Financial Industry Perspectives , Issue Dec , Pages 33-47

Conference Paper
The quality of rural education in the Midwest

Assessing the Midwest Economy , Paper RE-5

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