This is an exceptionally broad, multi-faceted objective which encompasses both the need for advancing the theoretical structure of community economic development and the need for empirical, focused, policy relevant research. Some of the areas which NE researchers have pursued and will expand in the new project are discussed in the comments section. These seven community capitals include built, financial, political, social, human, cultural and natural capitals Flora and Gillespie NE researchers have done substantial research on social capital over the past five years e.
In order to reach these goals, one project objective will be to conduct research on the local and regional effects small-scale agricultural establishments in Vermont, specifically a economic contributions revenues, Rural entreprneurship one key to rural, etc Another objective will be to conduct applied research on, and support resources for, the provision of a rural broadband Internet service, b agricultural e-commerce options, and c rural community information and indicators.
This project will support the evaluation of fledgling and mature farms moving in and out of the program, measuring their production, visitor attraction, employment and impact on the local economy. With broadband being a scarce rural resource in Vermont and yet also an essential tool for agricultural entrepreneurship, this project will support the Vermont Council on Rural Development VCRDwhich has been successful in facilitating community-level broadband provision solutions in 15 towns.
With the support of this project, VCRD will offer its facilitation model to at least 15 additional rural Vermont communities, support the completion of broadband projects in 10 communities, and advance the development of broadband solutions in the 35 communities still in-process.
The resulting models and examples of successful rural broadband solutions will be ripe for replication in Vermont and nationwide. CRS will collaborate with the Vermont Fresh Network VFN to study the feasibility of creating a substantial new e-commerce tool for small-scale agricultural businesses.
VFN is proposing to develop a statewide, on-line food ordering and invoicing system that will match local producers to restaurants, wholesalers and other consumers. The VFN feasibility study will include a survey of the needs and desires of stakeholders, the construction of a pilot group of early adaptors capable of advising on system content and usability, information on the costs of implementation and operation, and projections of the economic impact of the project.
For this project, CRS will also develop a survey instrument to research small-scale agriculture operations and the amount of land they use, how it is used, what development pressures may be at play, and what that land may be used for if not in production.
The goal is to produce knowledge on the land use and development implications of agricultural entrepreneurship in Vermont. The survey will first be conducted within the Women's Agricultural Network and then expanded to farmer's markets and other networks.
A survey of more than Vermont farmers on local land use issues and pressures was conducted, and analysis was completed with publications pending. Financial support for community processes toward rural broadband solutions funded activities in more than 50 communities.
In alone, the broadband project distributed over 6, Broadband Interest surveys and recorded nearly 1, requests for broadband. The broadband project maintains a database of over 4, households and businesses across the state that want broadband, and information on new broadband services is regularly distributed.
This project supported fifteen fledging farming operations over three years of a farm business incubation program. A study of the feasibility of a local food e-commerce portal was completed. A March workshop on e-commerce and the Internet for woman farmers was attended by 12 participants representing a wide range of businesses, including diversified family farms, agritourism, fiber, farm cheese and specialty food, and equestrian education.
Updates, enhancements and maintenance were performed to the Center for Rural Studies' "flagship" data website Vermont Indicators Online at http: During the project period, website visits totaled 24, with 60, page and file accesses.
Updates and maintenance were performed to the Vermont Housing Data website at www.
The Vermont SDC website at http: More than local officials attended workshops on municipal data security during the project period.
VPIC totaled 31, visits andpage and file accesses during this project period. CRS began a community-based participatory research partnership with Smart Growth Vermont to determine indicators of health for Vermont downtowns, including food systems and regional landscape data.
More than general data requests were fulfilled for Vermont data-users.
Target Audiences included local communities, farmers, entrepreneurs, local land use officials, municipal officials, local decision-makers in general, Vermont data-users, affordable housing advocates, policy-makers, and practitioners in community and economic development.The development of rural entrepreneurs is a complex problem which can be tackled by the social, political and economic institutions.
The sooner they are established the better it would be for the entrepreneurial development in the rural sector and the economic growth of the country. Rural. Non-Farm Entrepreneurship in Rural Africa: Patterns and Determinants.
We are the first to provide a comparative empirical analysis of nonfarm entrepreneurship in - rural Africa, using theWorld Bank’s unique LSMSISA dataset.
This dataset covers six countries over the period to We find that rural enterprises tend to be small. Women’s entrepreneurship became a scholarly issue in the early s, and since then different approaches to the study of women – and gender – have been developed.
In theories about rural entrepreneurship the interconnectedness between entrepreneurship and the rural is understood as a change process and rurality is problematized.
Rural governance is a key concern of the Rural Policy Research Institute (leslutinsduphoenix.com) based at the University of Missouri‐Columbia.
RUPRI conducts policy‐relevant research and facilitates public dialogue to help policymakers understand the impact of public policies and programs on rural areas. In this paper, we investigate the link between self-employment and entrepreneurship in urban and rural labour markets by combining three data sources, namely the UK Labour Force Survey (LFS), the Business Structure Database (BSD), and the Community Innovation Survey (CIS).
Rural entrepreneurship can be defined more broadly as the enthusiastic willingness of a villager toorganize his or her economic activity, whatever it may be (a business, a job, an investment etc.