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Daisaku Yamamoto: Rural Prosperity and Resilience in the Upstate New York Region

By Upstate Institute on January 1, 2010

The following is a faculty research project supported by the Upstate Institute:

Daisaku Yamamoto, Assistant Professor of Geography and Asian Studies

Rural prosperity is an alternate way of measuring a community’s success by considering employment rates, levels of poverty, school enrollment, and housing conditions, in addition to patterns of economic growth. Drawing on international and national research, this focus on regional prosperity seeks to capture a more holistic nature of development and to emphasize ‘resilience,’ the capacity of localities and regions to endure various shocks and distress over an extended time period. .. Using quantitative and qualitative indicators such as civic engagement, environment, social capital, Yamamoto will learn about “prosperous” and “resilient” rural communities in the region as a basis for future in-depth research.

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