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Planning & Development Issues In Rural America
 

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Presentation to the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee on issues in rural community development.

Presentation to the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee on issues in rural community development.

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    Planning & Development Issues In Rural America Planning & Development Issues In Rural America Presentation Transcript

    • Challenges & Opportunities in Rural Planning Michael Stumpf, AICP, CEcD R.A. Smith & Associates, Inc.
    • A Quick Overview
    • Population Decline
      • Losing people
      • Losing jobs
      • Aging population
      • Losing services and resources
      • Health care and hospitals
      Almost every small town on the plains
    • Population Growth
      • Regional services
      • Employment
      • Retirement
      Hays, Kansas Mitchell, South Dakota Scottsbluff, Nebraska Dickinson, North Dakota
    • Growth Magnets
      • Higher education
      • Federal labs or installations
      • Tourism
      Billings, Montana Manhattan, Kansas Black Hills area, South Dakota
    • Oil and Gas Exploration
      • Boom and bust cycles
      • Transient worker needs
      • Environmental issues
      Montana North Dakota South Dakota Wyoming Nebraska Kansas Colorado Utah
    • Biotechnology – Corn Refining
      • Growing demand for biofuels
      • High corn prices
      • Spin-off industry (meat to plastics)
      • Energy, trucking, railroads
      • Attracting employees
      • Overbuilding?
      • Changing technology
      The Corn Belt: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana Also: South Dakota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas
    • Wind Energy
      • Nearly cost competitive
      • Wind is a fixed resource
      • Transmission requirements
      • Bird blenders
      • Neighbors’ objections
      Colorado Wyoming South Dakota Iowa Kansas
    • Railroads Laramie, Wyoming Alliance, Nebraska Huron, South Dakota
      • - Congested ports
      • Track utilization
      • Car shortage
    • Manufacturing
      • Access to markets
      • Access to labor
      • Low wage, low skill jobs
      • Overseas competition
      • Some stand-outs
      Fort Dodge, Iowa Sidney, Nebraska Brookings, South Dakota Idaho Falls, Idaho
    • Retailing Wal-Mart on the Plains 312 stores in region 60 rural counties – 19% 99 micropolitan – 32% 153 metropolitan – 49% 207 competitors (Shopko, Target, Kmart)
    • Tourism
      • Character
      • Congestion
      • Cost of living
      • Community
      Colorado mountain towns
    • Agriculture
      • Consolidation and corporate farming
      • Crop Reserve Program
      • Support services
      • Agri-tourism
    • Cattle Range
      • Environmental degradation
      • Tradition and livelihood
      • Recreation
      Colorado Utah Wyoming
    • Housing
      • Too few buyers
      • Construction and renovation dynamics
      • Inadequate infrastructure
      • “ Free lot” strategy
    • Immigration
      • Hispanic immigration
      • Courting immigrants
      Lexington, Nebraska Ulysses, Kansas Fargo, North Dakota
    • Conflict
      • Natives
      • Old-timer and new-comer expectations
      • Property rights
      • Social change and power shifts
    • Planning in Rural Places