Innovators in Rural Community Economic Development


Federal, state, local, and private sector policies are among the variables that affect community economic development. Yellow Wood helps clients identify the policies of greatest relevance to their concerns, understand the real impacts of those policies, and, where appropriate identify ways to either work around or work to change them. Yellow Wood has researched policies related to water use, agriculture, health care, municipal solid waste, and industrial park development, among others.

The Informal Economy in Rural Community Economic Development

Awarded a grant by TVA Rural Studies to conduct research. Yellow Wood Associates produced a paper on the role of the informal economy in rural communities. The paper reframes rural development in terms of the whole economy, and begins to articulate…

Institutional Arrangements Study for the Lake Champlain Basin

Yellow Wood Associates, Inc. provided project management and conducted research on behalf of the Lake Champlain Management Conference to recommend possible alternatives, modifications and/or enhancements to existing institutional and funding arrangements…

Rural Women's Health Needs

Yellow Wood Associates, Inc. worked with the Women's Studies Program and the University of Vermont to assess potential impacts on women of health policy proposals initiated by the Vermont Health Care Authority. Analysis included the areas of coverage,…

The Adirondacks in the Twenty-First Century

Yellow Wood Associates, Inc. served as an economic development consultant to the New York State Governor's Commission on “The Adirondacks in the Twenty-First Century.” Prepared a concept paper on economic development in the Adirondacks, published as…

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