Catalyzing the Role of Micropolitan America in the Future of Rural America

Research & Engagement, 2014


Summary

The specific objectives of this research were to develop wealth indicators for Nebraska micropolitan areas and utilize those indicators in a community engagement process in four Nebraska micropolitan areas: the Scottsbluff, Columbus, Hastings and Fremont. Wealth indictors included measures of physical, human, intellectual, financial, social and cultural wealth.

Impacts

This project helped micropolitan areas identify opportunities and formulate research-driven plans for their future success in order to support rural economies. It developed a prototype in Nebraska with national applicability and actionability. As a result of this project, the University of Nebraska leads the nation in articulating the role of micropolitan areas and helping them capitalize on their unique opportunities for regional innovation and rural development.

There were four primary project outcomes related to the calculation of wealth indicators:

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Publication

Presentations

  • The Engagement Scholarship Consortium Annual Conference
    Building and Strengthening Small Urban Communities through University Research and Engagement
    October 11-12, 2016 | Omaha, NE
  • The International Community Development Society and the International Association for Community Development Annual Conference
    Micropolitan America: A New Frontier for Rural Research and Engagement
    July 24-27, 2016 | Minneapolis, MN
  • Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Annual Conference
    Building and Strengthening Small Urban Communities through University Research and Engagement
    October 11-13, 2015 | Omaha, NE
  • League of Nebraska Municipalities Annual Conference
    Building and Strengthening Small Urban Communities through University Research and Engagement
    September 24, 2015 | Lincoln, NE
  • Nebraska City/County Management Association Annual Conference
    RFI Pilot Project: Building and Strengthening Small Urban Communities through University Research and Engagement
    June 4, 2015 | Alliance, NE

Media Coverage

Research grants explore improvements to rural communities | Norfolk Daily News

 

Contact: Eric Thompson, ethompson2@unl.edu