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dc.contributor.authorMahalia, Nooshin Ahangaren_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-09-01T19:43:39Z
dc.date.available2006-09-01T19:43:39Z
dc.date.issued2006-07-12en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1853/11629
dc.description.abstractThe introduction of micropolitan areas as an official statistical category has raised questions about this intermediate category of formerly rural places. This thesis explores the conventional idea that small urban areas lack economic and social autonomy and that their development relies on proximity to metropolitan areas. Three central questions will examine the concept of autonomy among Georgia micropolitans with regard to income, industry and demographic structures. Workforce commuting patterns show micropolitans in the northern part of the state have less autonomy than those located in Southern Georgia. Policy should reflect these differences, address the reliance on declining manufacturing sectors, and concerns about poverty and education. Profiles of Georgia micropolitans and case studies of three micropolitan cities offer a baseline for policy makers and future researchers. The information provides the framework for questions about the dependence on metropolitans, the ability to provide jobs for the workforce and potential for economic development. Methods include regression analysis and a comparative case study of Georgia micropolitans with a developing Dutch region. The case of the Twente region highlights strategies to transform an old industrial area into an innovative hotspot with an educated workforce.en_US
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dc.publisherGeorgia Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.subjectRural developmenten_US
dc.subjectEconomic growth
dc.subjectMicropolitan
dc.subjectMetropolitan
dc.subjectCBSA
dc.titleMicropolitans in Georgiaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeM.S.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentPublic Policyen_US
dc.description.advisorCommittee Chair: Phil Shapira; Committee Member: David Sawicki; Committee Member: Jan Youtieen_US


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