In October 1998, a conference was convened by four programs dedicated to providing
information for the betterment of rural areas- the UK Rural Studies Program at the
University of Kentucky, the Southern Rural Development Center at Mississippi State
University, the Farm Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic
Research Service. The purpose: to better understand, and ultimately improve, how
socio-economic conditions in the South, in particular the rural South, affect employment
On September 14 and 15, 1998, TVA Rural Studies along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Economic Research Service and the Western Rural Development Center hosted a workshop to
explore many of the issues surrounding rural telecommunications.
In June 1996, the Kentucky Science and Technology Council, Inc., in cooperation with The Aspen Institute
and the UK Rural Studies Program gathered a group of development professionals to discuss ways to create
entrepreneurial economies in rural areas of Kentucky and the rest of the United States.
Held April 1-2, 1998 at the Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee, the conference provided a forum for discussing the relative merits of the two economic strategies used most often by small communities: industrial recruitment and local business stimulation.
In 1989 the Office of Technology Assessment released a study, Rural America at the
Crossroads, of the effects that changes in telecommunications technology could have on
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