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Tennessee Rural Economic Development

Tennessee Rural Economic Development

The Tennessee Rural EcoNomic Development (TREND) site aims to provide information about social, economic, and demographic issues in rural Tennessee with an emphasis on communities where agriculture is an important economic sector. The site will be of interest to students, researchers, policy makers, and those that advise them.


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Trend Report State Fact Sheets
The ERS State Fact Sheets provide information on population, income, poverty, food security, education, employment, federal funds, organic agriculture, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and exports, for each State in the United States. Links to county-level data are included when available. The State Fact Sheets have been updated with 2011 State and county unemployment estimates.
May 2, 2012

National Reports Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America
The Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America is a mapping application that provides a spatial interpretation of county-level, economic and social conditions along four broad categories of socioeconomic factors: people (using population size, race and ethnicity, and immigration data from the 2010 Decennial Census and other demographic data from the American Community Survey, including age, race and ethnicity, migration and immigration, education, household size and family composition), jobs (using economic data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources, including information on employment trends, unemployment, industrial composition, and household income), agriculture (using indicators from the 2007 Census of Agriculture, including number and size of farms, operator characteristics, off-farm income, and government payments), and county classifications (using typologies such as the rural-urban continuum, economic dependence, persistent poverty, population loss, and other ERS county codes). Maps are interactive and also provided for download; raw data are provided for download. Data from the 2006-2010 American Community Survey have been recently added, including data on veterans, along with updated employment and unemployment estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
May 4, 2012

National Reports Rural Demographic Change in the New Century Slower Growth, Increased Diversity
February 2012
The Carsey Institute
Kenneth Johnson
This brief examines rural demographic trends in the first decade of the twenty-first century using newly available data from the 2010 Census. The demographic changes that are reshaping rural America are increasingly important to policies and plans designed to increase the viability of rural communities and enhance their contribution to the nation’s material, environmental and social well-being.

National Reports Growth Entrepreneurs Profiled
February 2012
There is quite of bit of debate around what the entrepreneur target should be for development. Many strategies focus either on start-ups or high growth. Both are legitimate focus areas. BUT, the authors recommend serious consideration of what they call growth-oriented entrepreneurs as the sweet spot for development.

National Reports The Southeast Struggles to Recover
January 2012
“Economic recovery in the Southeast in 2011 fell somewhere between sluggish and fitful. For every bright spot (Florida’s long-chilled housing market is showing signs of thawing), numerous drags on progress remain. In 2012, will the region begin to regain the dynamism that was once its economic hallmark?”
EconSouth, Fourth Quarter 2011, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

National Reports Cashing in on Business Opportunities
January 2012
From business plans to taxes to budgeting to inventory, Cashing in on Business Opportunities provides a complete manual for starting, maintaining, and growing a business. Comprised of over 20 lessons – with more to come – Cashing offers entrepreneurs and the educators who serve them the technical knowledge and skills needed to manage a business.

Trend Report Small Business Seminars
December 2011
A new TREND publication promoting economic development through a community of support for small business
Amanda Mathenia, Dr. Michael Wilcox, Creig Kimbro, and Dr. Alan Barefield

National ReportsMarket Forces: Creating Jobs through Public Investment in Local and Regional Food Systems
Report details economic benefits of farmers markets and other local food outlets. According to the report, locally grown food is not only good for your taste buds—it creates jobs, keeps money in local economies, promotes community development, and can reduce the environmental and public health costs of the food we eat.
Union of Concerned Scientists

National ReportsYour Food and Environment Atlas
The Atlas assembles statistics on three broad categories of food environment factors: Indicators of the community's access to and acquisition of healthy, affordable food (Food Choices); indicators of the community’s success in maintaining healthy diets (Health & Well Being) and indicators of community characteristics that might influence the food environment (Community Characteristics).
USDA - Economic Research Service