Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

February 2001


Published in Cornhusker Economics. February 28, 2001. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln .


Findings from a CARI study conducted in 1997 illustrated the importance of business development as a key component of community development. Sixty-five percent reported that the development of small businesses was a high priority. In fact, in communities of less than 500, 72% of the respondents indicated business development would be an effective strategy for their community. How we work with these businesses can determine the future of Nebraska’s communities.