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dc.contributor.authorVan Meter, Michelle Victoria
dc.identifier.otherbibid: 10758142
dc.description.abstractThe modern American Mountain West is a contested space, environmentally and socially, and the natural and cultural amenities at the heart of the region’s economy act as both providers and dividers. What was once considered the “Last Frontier” is now touted as the “Last Best Place” for its rugged landscapes and small-town sensibilities. Overtime, the perspective on how to utilize these resources has changed and rural areas dependent on extractive industries have had to adapt in order to survive. Through the lens of White Sulphur Springs, a town of 925 residents in Central Montana, this work explores the ways in which remote communities in the West adapt in the face of a changing regional narrative. White Sulphur Springs represents a community at a crossroads. Despite its newfound identity as an off-the-beaten-track vacation destination, its history and economy are firmly rooted in natural resources. This thesis demonstrates that the key to success for these communities is to take advantage of growth opportunities that are consistent with the post-industrial trajectory of the region’s economy. Locally-focused programs, such as Main Street Montana, can help towns achieve this by highlighting their natural resource-based heritage.
dc.subjectArea planning & development
dc.subjectEconomic Development
dc.titleHome on the Range: Heritage-Based Economic Development in a Natural Resource-Based Economy
dc.typedissertation or thesis and Regional Planning University of Arts, City and Regional Planning
dc.contributor.chairTomlan, Michael Andrew
dc.contributor.committeeMemberChusid, Jeffrey M.

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