Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

May 2002


Published in Cornhusker Economics, 05/22/2002. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Much attention is focused on improving our nation’s communities and neighborhoods. Perhaps the most common response is the two-pronged approach of (1) identifying a problem and (2) obtaining grant funds – typically from sources outside the community – to solve the problem. This is a comfortable approach, and not without merit, but it is not the only way and perhaps not the best way, of thinking about how to bring about improvements in our communities and neighborhoods. This short article provides an alternative to the traditional two-prong approach noted above.