Research Progress Report
University of Montana Rural Institute
Economics | Labor Economics | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counselors who serve rural areas report that limited employment opportunities for people with disabilities are a significant challenge. Many rural communities have marginal or fragile economies, but lack the resources to conduct economic development projects that could lead to business and employment growth. In Progress Report #13, we described an innovative program that helps VR agencies and people with disabilities take a leadership role in small-town economic development efforts. To date, RTC: Rural’s Community Economic Development Project has been implemented in two rural locations. The Project builds on the capacities of state/federal Vocational Rehabilitation agencies and people with disabilities to identify business development opportunities in small rural communities. Operationally, the Project has two phases: (1) comprehensive economic community assessment; and (2) implementation.
employment and vocational rehabilitation, economic development, rural, disability
© 2004 RTC:Rural.
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
Our research is supported by grant # H133B030501 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Dept. of Education.
Rural Institute, University of Montana, "Rural Community Economic Development Project Update" (2004). Employment. 2.