Past Silos and Smokestacks: A Rural Development Proposal

[imgbelt img=mdrabenstott.jpg]Rural communities once depended on silos and smokestacks for their economic well-being. Those days are past, writes economist Mark Drabenstott, who proposes a new way to think about rural development.


Editor’s Note: Mark Drabenstott has been one of the most helpful economists in rural America for the past several decades, first at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and later at the Rural Policy Research Institute. Drabenstott has written a new report on rural development, entitled Past Silos and Smokestacks: Transforming the Rural Economy in the Midwest. A full copy (PDF) can be found here.  Below are excerpts from the report. 

Global Midwest Initiative at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs