Reporting Resources

Economic Development

Economic development issues in the this guide include, but are not limited to, municipal broadband, urban sprawl, entrepreneurship, business reports, state economics, and the job market.


Ethics of Business News, Here's a link to a column written by Jim Pumarlo, a newspaper consultant with Community Newsroom Success Strategies in Red Wing, Minn.


Library of Congress indexes, bibliographies and guides to business research, both general and specific industries: http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/index1.html


Association for Enterprise Opportunity, http://www.microenterpriseworks.org
404-581-1727 Natalie Keiser aeonk@earthlink.net AEO is the national association of organizations committed to microenterprise development.

Boomtown USA, http://boomtownusa.blogspot.com, is a Web log by Jack Schultz of Agracel Inc., of Effingham, Ill., who posts comments as he travels the country helping rural communites recruit high-tech and manufacturing jobs. Schultz has coined (and trademarked) a term for "propsering rural towns with a tie to agriculture." They're "agurbs."

Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, http://www.ruraleship.org 402-323-7339 Donald Macke don@ruraleship.org North Carolina: 919-932-7762 Deborah Markley dmarkley@nc.rr.com The Center supports rural entrepreneurship development through research and outreach.

Corporation for Enterprise Development, http://www.cfed.org 202-408-9788 415-495-7025 Jennifer Malkin Jennifer@cfed.org CFED works with communities to help them envision, define and build their own economic strategies, while preserving cultural values and respecting natural resources.

Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, Berea, Ky. 859-986-2373 Justin Maxson x217 jmaxson@maced.org MACED works to create economic alternatives in Eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia, and says, “We invest in good ideas and help others move their good ideas forward.”


These centers coordinate rural-development research and education throughout the U.S. Each center links the research and extension capacity of regional land-grant universities with local decision-makers to address a wide range of rural development issues, so they can be important connections to story ideas, sources and reliable economic information.

North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Iowa State Univ., 515-294-8321 www.ag.iastate.edu/centers/rdev/RuralDev.html Cornelia Flora,dir. cflora@ia state.edu The center says it “provides leadership in rural development regionally and nationally by identifying, developing and supporting programs on the vanguard of emerging issues.”

Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, Penn State University, 814-863-4656 www.cas.nercrd.psu.edu (Send e-mail to nercrd@psu.edu) The center says small towns and rural places “are becoming increasingly complex and multi-dimensional, resulting in an ever-increasing number of public issues needing resolution.”

Southern Rural Development Center, http://srdc.msstate.edu 662-325-3207 Lionel “Bo” Beaulieu, director ljb@srdc.msstate.edu SRDC says it seeks to strengthen the capacity of the region's 29 land-grant institutions to address critical contemporary rural-development issues affecting communities in the rural South.

Western Rural Development Center, http://extension.usu.edu/wrdc 435-797-9732 John Allen, director johna@ext.usu.edu The center offers a long list of sources on economic and rural development at http://www.nal.usda.gov/ric/ruralres/economic.htm.


Asset Based Community Development Institute, www.northwestern.edu/ipr/abcd.html
847-491-8711 John McKnight and John“Jody” Kretzmann, co-dirs. abcd@northwestern.edu The ABCD Institute conducts research on capacity-building community development.

Electric Utility Database, http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/page/eia861.html

Housing Tracker, http://www.benengebreth.org/housingtracker/

National Congress For Community Economic Development, 202-289-9020
http://www.ncced.org NCCED is is the trade association for community development corporations (CDCs) and the community economic development (CED) industry.

Renewing the Countryside has "stories of everyday people making a difference in their rural communities" with "sustainable and innovative initiatives, businesses, and projects." http://www.renewingthecountryside.org

Rural Studies program, University of Kentucky, www.rural.org Conducts research into the economic opportunities and problems of rural areas.

USDA Rural Development, http://www.rurdev.usda.gov This group of agencies in the U.S. Department of Agriculture heldp finance water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency-service facilities and, through the Rural Utulities Service, electric and telephone service. It makes loans to businesses through banks and community-managed lending pools, offers technical assistance and information to help start and improve cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their member services. It also provide technical assistance for community empowerment programs.

U.S. Economic Development Administration, http://www.eda.gov EDA helps rural and urban areas with high unemployment, low income, or other severe economic distress.

ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY (high-speed or broadband Internet, etc.)

Federal Communications Commission pages on rural service, www.fcc.gov/cgb/rural

Rural Broadband Coalition, http://www.ruralbroadbandcoalition.net/

iTown, http://www.itowncom.net/news.html

National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative, http://www.nrtc.coop/us/main/index


JupiterResearch, http://www.jupiterresearch.com/bin/item.pl/home
Site for business research

Congressional Budget Office, http://www.cbo.gov/
Lots of publications and reports.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, http://www.cbpp.org

Yahoo! Finance Search, http://finance.yahoo.com/search

Beginner's Guide to Business Research, http://www.kognito.net/infolit/
"This interactive tutorial provides students with hands-on, self-paced instruction on where and how to find the best, most accurate information via the Web when conducting business research."

Liber8, from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis ,says it is an "economic information portal for librarians and students." It has much non-technical, easy-to-understand data.


Minnesotans for an Energy Efficient Economy, http://www.me3.org 651-726-7561 Dee Long long@me3.org 46 E. 4th St., Suite 600, St. Paul MN 55101

Montana Community Development Corp., http://www.mtcdc.org 406-728-9234, ext. 205 Rosalie Cates rcates@mtcdc.org 110 East Broadway, #200, Missoula MT 59802

Nebraska Community Foundation, http://www.nebcommfound.org 402-323-7330 Jeff Yost, president jeffyost@nebcommfound.org 317 S 12th St., Suite 200, Lincoln NE 68508

(Nebraska) Center for Rural Affairs, http://www.cfra.org 402-687-2103 Chuck Hassebrook chuckh@cfra.org 136 Main, Lyons NE 68038

(New Mexico) Regional Development Corp., http://www.rdcnm.org
505-989-8004 cmcandless@rdcnm.org 428 Sandoval St, Suite 201, Santa Fe NM 87501

North Carolina Rural Economic Developement Center, www.ncruralcenter.org 919-250-4314 Billy Ray Hall brhall@ncruralcenter.org Leslie Scott lscott@ncruralcenter.org 4021 Carya, Raleigh NC 27610

North Carolina Institute of Minority & Economic Development, http://www.ncimed.com
919-956-8889 Cynthia Clemons clemonsc@ncimed.com 114 W Parrish, Durham NC 27701

South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations, 843-579-9855 www.communitydevelopmentsc.org Julia Dawson jd@scacdc.net 658 Rutledge, Charleston SC 29403

West Virginia Grantmakers Inc., http://www.givetowestvirginia.org/index.html
304-428-4438 Judy Sjostedt judys@pacfwv.com c/o PACF, Bx 1762, Parkersburg 26102-1762

(W. Va.) Center for Economic Options, http://www.centerforeconomicoptions.org
304-345-1298 Pam Curry pcurry@economicoptions.org 214 Capitol, Charleston WV 25301

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Last Updated: Dec. 8, 2005