Building the rural economy with high-growth entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs create economic growth in their communities by forming new firms. Each year during the past decade, more than half a million businesses were started that added new jobs in the United States. In the 1990s, during the longest economic expansion in the United States economy, the majority of new jobs were created by small and medium-sized entrepreneurs operating high-growth businesses.> Because entrepreneurs are such a wellspring of growth in the economy, many rural policymakers have shifted their long-time focus of recruiting existing firms, such as branch plants, to developing new entrepreneurs. New policies generally support a wide range of entrepreneurs. However, policies often fail to recognize that the benefits of entrepreneurs can vary dramatically, depending on the entrepreneur’s desire to build a high-growth business. And rural areas often lack these high-growth entrepreneurs.> Henderson reviews entrepreneurial activity in rural America and discusses some of the new ways policymakers are beginning to encourage high-growth entrepreneurs in their communities. After discussing the benefits entrepreneurs offer communities, he examines the pattern of entrepreneurship in rural areas and the difficulties many rural communities face in supporting high-growth entrepreneurs. Finally, he discusses some of the policies supporting the startup and growth of this valuable resource.
Volume (Year): (2002)
Issue (Month): Q III ()
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