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Explores the beginnings of an information foundation for rural development policy, examining the four key building blocks—education, entrepreneurship, and physical and social infrastructure.
THOMAS D. ROWLEY is a social science analyst in the Rural Economy Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he manages ERS's program of research support to the State Rural Development Councils and its involvement in the National Rural Development Partnership.
DAVID W. SEARS is senior policy analyst with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce.
GLENN L. NELSON is an economic counsultant in regional development policy in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
J. NORMAN REID is director of Community Outreach Services for the Rural Business and Cooperative Development Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
MERVIN J. YETLEY is a former staff member of the Committee on Agriculture, U.S. House of Representatives, where he worked on rural development, agriculture, and trade issues.