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Searching for Wortman’s Rural Economic Development Zones: A Case Study of Three Rural Electric Cooperatives
Vol. Volume 11, Number 3 September/2006

Kirk C. Heriot and Noel D. Campbell
This study uses Wortman’s Rural Economic Development Zones (Wortman, 1990a) and more recent work by Lyons (2002) as a point of departure to demonstrate entrepreneurship development suited to rural locations. We describe the current literature and rural electric cooperatives. Using a case method research design (Yin, 1994), we demonstrate the efforts of three modern rural electric cooperatives in the area of entrepreneurial development.  The study concludes with a discussion of the implications to public policy makers, electric cooperative executives and researchers in the field of entrepreneurship.