The idea for this book is the result of our participation in sessions on nonmetropolitan and rural development at the North American meetings of the Regional Science Association International. There we met several of the contributors to this book and benefited from many formal and informal discussions. Several colleagues provided encouragement and suggested contributors. We particularly thank Emery Castle for sharing information about his own work in rural development, and Jim Hite and Niles Hansen for suggesting additional contributors. We greatly benefited from access to the Community Economics Network (CEN) listserve to communicate our idea for a collection of case studies and interest colleagues to join us. We thank David Kraybill of the Ohio State University who serves as keeper of the CEN listserve.
The Division of Resource Management, at the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Consumer Sciences, and the Regional Research Institute supported this project. We thank them for their help.
Last but not least, we appreciate the excellent work of our staff. Eva M. Thomas and Debra Burnside typed and formatted the manuscript, and Gloria Nestor and Debbie Benson produced the figures and maps. We thank them for their patience with us when we made changes that sometimes undid their earlier work.