Cultivating a Competitive Advantage: How Rural Counties are Growing Economies with Local Assets and Regional Partners


This report highlights how rural counties pursue asset-based economic development initiatives that create jobs and wealth while preserving rural landscapes, culture and heritage. Featured case studies are:

  • Coffee County, Ala. {food systems}
  • Phillips County, Ark. {education, health, planning}
  • Yolo County, Calif. {agriculture, business, education, food systems}
  • Maui County, Hawaii {energy, smart growth}
  • Benton County, Ind. {renewable energy, tourism}
  • Pottawattamie County, Iowa {agriculture, food systems, partnerships}
  • Minnesota counties of Carver, Redwood, Renville, Sibley and Yellow Medicine {infrastructure, transportation}
  • Cascade County, Mont. {business, planning, workforce}
  • Yellowstone County, Mont. {business, workforce}
  • Nye County, Nev. {brownfields}
  • Grafton County, N.H. {education, workforce}
  • Madison County, N.Y. {planning, smart growth}
  • Hood River County, Ore. {agriculture, business, food systems}
  • Dinwiddie County, Va. {infrastructure}
  • Randolph County, W.Va. {housing, planning, transportation}

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