The Nexus of Water/Waste Water Systems and Rural Economic Development

Grants and Contracts Details


The long-term goal of this 3-year integrated project is to estimate the importance of water and wastewater systems to rural economic development and vibrancy in the South Specifically, we will explore two research questions: a) How does poor water quality (measured as either non-compliance or boil water advisories) affect 1) economic development, measured through the entrace and exit of firms and changes in revenues and 2) outmigration of population? b) What role does wastewater system investment attract economic development opportunities? We will utilize a combined quantitative/qualitative approach to answering these questions. We will look specifically at the food service and food processing sectors as their water quality needs are quite clear as well as at the distillery/microbrewery industry.
Effective start/end date2/15/218/14/24


  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture: $500,000.00


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