Smaller communities throughout the U.S. are experiencing significant economic, social, and political change. Increasingly, if these communities are to address these changes in a proactive manner, they must undertake grassroots initiatives. Local efforts are increasingly important as community leaders clearly recognize that federal and state programs are often inadequate in their ability to address local concerns. In this article we outline an educational process designed to help provide communities with economic, social, and political information, using community economic impact modeling systems as a foundation.
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Shields, M., & Deller, S. C. (2003). Using Economic Impact Models as an Educational Tool in Community Economic Development Programming: Lessons from Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The Journal of Extension, 41(3), Article 6. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol41/iss3/6