Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

February 1995


Published in Great Plains Research 5:1 (February 1995). Copyright © 1995 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Kevin Choy and Richard Rounds, of the Rural Development Institute at Brandon University in Manitoba, have examined strategies for rural community economic development on the conterminous Great Plains of North America. Their exploration, description and explanation of these strategies has derived a fresh look at community economic development theory that could serve to unite many of the competing factions in this field. Their schematic of rural development theories provides an understanding of the various frames of reference for this field of study and practice. For this reason, this book should be a highly recommended reading for students in the rural development field.

Choy and Rounds state they have presented this overview of the theory behind development strategies as a means to empower community leaders with knowledge of systems that have evolved through time. They claim this is done "in a straightforward way" to provide insight into available options and allow rural leaders to choose those that are most likely to help their community. Although there is an excellent explication of these strategies, the format and tone of this book may be too scholarly to be readily accepted and easily read by local practitioners.