Strong Economies, Resilient Counties: Case Studies in Rural Counties


Counties are responsible for providing core services, such as human services, criminal justice, public welfare and infrastructure, to communities of all sizes across America. To ensure the delivery of these essential services, support job growth and maintain a healthy revenue base, counties invest in economic development activities in a number of ways. Case studies included in the report are:

  • Bryan County, Ga. {partnerships}
  • Harvey County, Kan. {logistics}
  • Renville County, Minn. {new businesses}
  • Taney County, Mo. {planning}
  • PUL Alliance, Miss. {business attraction}
  • Gallatin County, Mont. {workforce}
  • Halifax County, N.C. {resiliency}
  • Lee County, N.C. {workforce, manufacturing}
  • Columbia County, Ore. {sustainable development}
  • SEDA-COG, Pa. {partnership, rail infrastructure}
  • Carroll County, Va. {entrepreneurship, workforce}
  • Lewis County, Wash. {partnerships}
  • Upshur County, W.Va. {tourism}

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