There is limited recent research on the economic development strategies that local officials, state, and federal governments are employing in rural Alabama. To better understand these strategies, the data were collected from local community officials in two rural Alabama counties. The objectives are to examine what efforts are being used, and what resources are available for economic development efforts. Data were analyzed using hierarchical regression analyses to test the hypothesis that past community action and community solidarity variables can contribute to a higher probability of recruiting business and industry than will be predicted by the ecological characteristics of the communities alone. The findings indicate past community action has a substantial positive effect and is, in fact, the best predictor of efforts to recruit business and industry among several variables selected from the previous literature.
"Factors Associated with Attracting Business and Industry to Selected Black Belt Counties of Alabama,"
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