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Insights on Sustainable Small Town Development December 11, 2006

Posted by Tom in Community, Economic Development, Workforce.

The Boomtown Institute’s Jack Schultz brought to my attention a publication by Rural Partners of Michigan called “101+ Concepts for Sustainable Small Town Development”  (PDF, 10MB).  The publication combines small town wit and wisdom with volumes of excellent pieces of advice on how to maintain (if not grow) small towns in our global ecomony.

Among the many items are a few workforce related nuggets like this one:

35. On manufacturing in rural areas – “According to a recent study, high-performance manufacturing firms favor rural areas. Indeed they look favorably upon rural regions not because they are seeking out a low-cost site, but because rural workers are perceived to be more flexible and hold stronger work ethics.” George Erickcek, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

While the publication is geared toward small cities and towns, many of the notions presented within are valid regardless of the size of your community.



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