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1 Introduction
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... , first developed in the 1990s, are similar, but they also (a) distinguish between nonmetropolitan counties that are in micropolitan areas as designated by OMB 1  Much of the information in this chapter is excerpted from the contract statement of task and from the presentation of Mary Bohman, administrator of the Economic Research Service, in the introductory session of the workshop.
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... As noted by Mary Bohman, ERS administrator, the original urbanrural code scheme was developed by ERS in the 1970s. Rural America today is very different from the rural America of 1970 described in the first rural classification report.
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... A workshop session will also consider trade-offs given that no single classification system is likely to satisfy all requirements.  The main purpose of the workshop was to help ERS make decisions regarding the generation of a county rural-urban scale for public use, taking into consideration the changed social and economic environment. WORKSHOP ORGANIZATION In response to USDA's request, CNSTAT appointed a six-member steering committee to plan a public workshop to explore research on how rurality can best be conceptualized and measured in today's economy and
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... The two-day workshop included nine sessions. The steering committee identified potential speakers for each topic based on members' knowledge of individuals who conduct state-of-the-art research or have unique expertise in that topic and selected a group of speakers with a range of disciplines and viewpoints.
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... The steering committee's role was limited to planning and convening the workshop. The views contained in the report are those of the individual workshop participants and do not necessarily represent the views of nonparticipants, other workshop participants, the steering committee, or the Academies.

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