Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Recreational Homes, Gateway Communities & Rural Development

Interesting webinar (FREE!) that might be applicable for our recreational lake communities, especially!

From: North Central Regional Center for Rural Development []
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:31 PM
Subject: NCRCRD Webinar: Recreational Homes, Gateway Communities & Rural Development


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Recreational Homes, Gateway Communities, and Rural Development


Gary Green & Dave Marcouiller

(University of Wisconsin)

Dan Erkkila, Bill Gartner & Ann Ziebarth

(University of Minnesota)

Mark Skidmore & Christine Vogt

(Michigan State University)

Richelle Winkler (Michigan Tech University)


March 13, 2013

3:00 PM – Eastern Time

About the webinar: 

Recreational homes and their occupants create both opportunities and pitfalls for communities in rural amenity-rich regions. This webinar will outline an applied research agenda and introduce a set of outreach materials to assist community leaders in addressing the set of issues surrounding recreational homes and their use.


About the Speakers:

Dan Erkkila.  Dan’s area of specialization is tourism economics, tourism business retention and expansion programs, and community tourism development and planning. His research interests include regional economic impacts from tourism and travel, nature-based tourism, and the identification of linkages between natural resource management processes and tourism.

Bill Gartner.  Bill’s expertise is tourism image and branding, international tourism development, and economic impact analysis.  He has a variety of past research projects that looked at seasonal (recreational) home development impacts and amenity values throughout the Lake States of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Gary Green. Gary’s background and areas of research interest focus on community and economic sociology.  In addition to extensive experience in community and economic development outreach throughout the United States, he has taught related topics in China, New Zealand, South Korea, Uganda, and Ukraine. 

Dave Marcouiller. Dave’s work deals with issues of resource-dependency and the unique planning needs of remote rural regions. His research focuses on amenity-based rural development, land use compatibility & conflict, integrative tourism planning, and outdoor recreation. 

Mark Skidmore.  Mark’s research has focused on public sector economics and economic development.  He has provided technical and consulting services on a range of issues related to economic development and government public finance and policy. 

Christine Vogt.  Christine’s research focuses on urban-rural interface communities, regional conservation plans, urban redevelopment areas, environmentally-friendly transportation infrastructure (trails, safe routes to school), technology use during vacation planning and travel, and examining tourism supply and demand at a county or community-level. 

Richelle Winkler.  Richelle is a community and environmental sociologist with skills in demographic methods, statistical analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), spatial data analysis, and community-based research. In particular, Dr. Winkler is interested in studies regarding the interaction of environment, natural resources, and population change; community based participatory research projects with local community groups; and patterns of rural migration in the United States.

Ann Ziebarth.  Ann is a rural sociologist with research interests including demographic, economic, and policy changes impacting small towns and rural areas and the outcomes for individuals, households, and communities.  She is particularly interested in the evaluation of local policy decision-making regarding land use, planning and housing regulations the results for various stakeholders.


Registration: There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar.


To join the webinar go to, “enter as a guest” is by default already chosen. Type your name into the text box provided, and click on “Enter Room”. You are now in the meeting room for the webinar.


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North Central Regional Center for Rural Development

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824




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