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Technology as an Economic Catalyst in Rural and Depressed Places in Massachusetts (for the Economic Development Administration, with the Center for Economic Development at UMass Amherst and the William Monroe Trotter Institute at UMass Boston).

Professors John Mullin, Zenia Kotval and Philip Hart, with Steven Landau and Rebecca Loveland

(October, 2000)

This paper uses case studies, including two cities (Lynn and New Bedford), a sub-city district (Roxbury) and two towns in rural Franklin County (Greenfield and Orange), to examine the role of technology as a potential economic catalyst in rural and depressed places in Massachusetts. Though the five target areas vary in size, density, geographic area, demographic characteristics and economic resources, each exhibits chronic patterns of economic distress related to the decline of manufacturing, construction and other key industries.

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