Semester Start Date: 
Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Economic Impacts of the Prison Development Boom on Persistently Poor Rural Places

Following an extensive review of the literature, this  research uses a quasiexperimental control group method to examine the effect of state-run prisons constructed in rural counties between 1985 and 1995 on county earning by employment sector, population, poverty rate, and degree of economic health.

The Significant Potential of Wind Energy in America: A Transformative Force in Struggling U.S. Rural Economies?

The goal of the report is to advance the initiative's broad aim of creating a comprehensive framework of community owership and wealth control models that enhance the social, ecological, and economic well-being of rural areas.

Basic Energy Training & Energy Management Planning: Program Development for Water & Wastewater Treatment Plants

The goal of this project is to develop the elements of a leadership-training program on energy efficiency for financial decision makers, supervisory personnel, and plant operators working in the fields of water and wastewater treatment. Program criteria include energy savings, maintenance or enhancement of environmental quality as related to energy usage, and professional development of plant staff. Our aim is to identify those program elements that can be efficiently executed with high uptake and good retention.

Industry Structure and Company Strategies of Major Domestic and Foreign Wind and Solar Energy Manufacturers: Opportunities for Supply Chain Development in Appalachia

This report presents results from a two-phase study of the status of the solar and wind industries in the U.S., with special focus on product and service suppliers in the thirteen Appalachian states, and the challenges these firms and their state governments face in preparing for and competing in these two rapidly emerging worldwide industries.

Projections 4: Responding to Disaster

Projections, the Journal of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, focuses on the most innovative and cutting edge research in planning. Each volume is devoted to a different topic of interest to planning scholars, students, and professionals. As a peer-reviewed publication, Projections welcomes original high quality submissions at the vanguard of planning theory and practice.