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Power Steering: Global Automakers and the Transformation of Rural Communities / Edition 1
     

Power Steering: Global Automakers and the Transformation of Rural Communities / Edition 1

by Michele M. Hoyman
 

ISBN-10: 0700608192

ISBN-13: 9780700608195

Pub. Date: 03/28/1997

Publisher: University Press of Kansas

In Marysville, Ohio; Georgetown, Kentucky; and Smyrna and Spring Hill, Tennessee, life will never again be the same. Once small rural communities, they're now boom towns-thanks to Honda, Toyota, Nissan, and Saturn.

It's happening all over America: communities desperate for economic development lure large companies looking for a docile labor force, cheap real

Overview

In Marysville, Ohio; Georgetown, Kentucky; and Smyrna and Spring Hill, Tennessee, life will never again be the same. Once small rural communities, they're now boom towns-thanks to Honda, Toyota, Nissan, and Saturn.

It's happening all over America: communities desperate for economic development lure large companies looking for a docile labor force, cheap real estate, and an alternative to the regulations of cities. But what happens to a small town when it successfully attracts corporate America (or corporate Japan)? As Michele Hoyman shows, from the announcement of plant siting until long after it opens, the town's rural lifestyle is dramatically transformed through radical changes in its politics, public administration, schools, traffic patterns, real estate values, water and sewage systems, police and fire protection, and cultural views.

In Power Steering, Hoyman chronicles such transformations in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee, shows how they emerged, and explains why they matter. She skillfully interweaves agenda-setting theory with impact analysis to demonstrate that economic development is an ongoing process with identifiable stages, not merely a final set of outcomes. Drawing upon extensive interviews with community leaders, public opinion polls, and in-depth analyses of town budgets, she creates a richly detailed study that clearly delineates the economic, social, and political impacts associated with corporate forays into the hinterlands.

Providing a wealth of detail for scholars and administrators, Hoyman's study also offers a thoughtful guide for any community attempting to attract similar industries. For example, she cautions communities to avoid giving away too much in tax incentives and environmental control waivers, lest those long-term costs undermine the short-term benefits provided by the corporation. Balanced and insightful, her work provides concrete examples of how America's rural towns are using the new global economy to help shape more promising futures for themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700608195
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Series:
Studies in Government and Public Policy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. Four Communities in Transition

3. The View from the Top: The Plant as Agenda Setter

4. Impact of the Package on the Town's Budget, Revenue, and Debt

5. Impact of the Plants on the Aspects of Public Administration of the Communities

6. Impact of the Plants on the Communities' Quality of Education

7. What About the People?

8. Political and Cultural Transformation

9. Economic Development as a Policy Choice

Conclusion

Appendices

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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