Community Development Publications

A collection of publications on community development topics, authored or co-authored by Northeast Center staff and/or partners.

The NERCRD is releasing a series of issues briefs in response to the COVID-19 crisis, designed to provide information quickly or stimulate discussion. They have not undergone regular peer review. Any opinions are solely those of the authors.

By Elizabeth A. Dobis, Heather M. Stephens, Mark Skidmore, and Stephan J. Goetz. Published in Social Science and Medicine, Volume 246, February 2020.

"Strengthening Economic Resilience in Appalachia" is a study identifying factors common across communities experiencing persistent economic growth in the aftermath of the 2008 Recession and other economic disruptions. The research was conducted by Downstream Strategies, Dialogue + Design and Associates, the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, and West Virginia University, on behalf of the Appalachian Regional Commission. The research includes a statistical analysis of key factors common to economic resilience. A companion Guidebook for Practitioners offers additional insight that can inform economic development strategies across Appalachia. Published in 2019.

By Shoshanah Inwood, Alana Knudson, Florence A. Becot, Bonnie Braun, Stephan J. Goetz, Jane M. Kolodinsky, Scott Loveridge, Katlyn Morris, Jason Parker, Bob Parsons, Rachel Welborn , and Don E. Albrecht. Published in Choices Magazine, January-March 2018.

By Qin Fan, Stephan J. Goetz, and Jiaochen Liang. Published in Applied Economics, Volume 48, 2016 - Issue 53. (Access may be limited.) Published online May 19, 2017.

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Goetz, S.J., Y. Han, E. Hildabridle, L. Li, F. Tegegne, S. Tubene, and A. Wetherill. NERCRD Rural Development Paper No. 57. April 3, 2017. This document presents the content of a curriculum prepared for extension educators and others who are interested in conducting a network analysis of farmer groups.

by Adam Reimer, Yicheol Han, Stephan J. Goetz, Scott Loveridge, and Donald Albrecht. Published online in Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 21 January 2016. (Access may be limited.)

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By Minghao Li and Stephan Goetz, December 2015.

A poster authored by Susan Jakes (North Carolina State University), Mary Leuci (University of Missouri), Walt Whitmer (Penn State), and Paul Lachapelle (Montana State University).

By Jane E. Haskell (University of Maine Cooperative Extension) and George W. Morse (University of Minnesota). Published in the April 2015 edition of Journal of Extension.

In a paper recently published in the Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, two case studies serve as a forum for exploring how extension stakeholder engagement is changing in response to societal trends. Authored by Charlie French (University of New Hampshire and Northeast Center Technical Advisory Committee Chair) and George Morse (University of Minnesota and NERCRD TAC member), the paper is titled "Extension Stakeholder Engagement: An Exploration of Two Cases Exemplifying 21st Century Adaptions," and is available as a PDF download.

By Stephan Goetz (Penn State), Meri Davlasheridze (Texas A&M University at Galveston), and Yicheol Han (Penn State). Published online on October 22, 2014 in Social Indicators Research.

A presentation delivered at the 2014 Penn State Extension Conference by Stephan Goetz

By Yicheol Han (Penn State), Stephan Goetz (Penn State), Taegon Kim (Seoul National University of Korea) and JeongJae Lee (Seoul National University of Korea). Published in the September 2013 issue of Growth and Change.

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The Rural Change and Quality of Life project's research has informed policies that enhance the amenities and opportunities offered in rural communities, helping these areas adapt and thrive. June 2013.

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RDP52 - Proceedings of the What Works! 2011 Conference: Entrepreneurship and Community Development in the Northeast. Conference Proceedings edited by Kathleen Liang and Stephan J. Goetz, April 2012. 3MB pdf.

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RDP45 - Natural Amenities and Rural Development: The Role of Land-Based Policies. David A. Fleming, David A. McGranahan and Stephan J. Goetz. June 2009.

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RDP39 - Population Change in the Northeast, 2000-2005. Tse-Chuan Yang and Anastasia R. Snyder, November 2007

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Rupasingha, Anil and Stephan J. Goetz; Journal of Socio-Economics, 36, 4 (Aug. 2007): 650-671

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by A. Rupasingha, S. Goetz, D. Freshwater. Journal of Socio-Economics, 2006. 35:83-101