Rural Revival

“”Mike Hickey, president of Hickey & Associates (a site selection consulting firm), has had plenty of experience with rural communities, and he believes that outsourcing has a more positive than negative effect on rural communities.

According to Hickey, now that much of the major transition form an industrial-based U.S. economy to a service- and technology-based economy has transpired, there are many features that have made rural communities attractive for certain types of industries: quality of life, labor force, education, and cost of doing business to name a few.

He also mentions that many rural communities are benefiting from “insourcing” – that is, foreign-based companies outsourcing to the U.S. Insourcing helps rural community by adding jobs and by facilitating the creation of new auxiliary business as well.””