Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Helenan S. Robin

Second Advisor

David Houghton

Third Advisor

Alan Booth

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Leaders in local communities can influence economic development and employment. This paper reviews positive as well as preventative approaches local leaders can use to ensure vital urban employment.

We look at Albion, Michigan, a small industrial community, as a case study. The city was experiencing the threat of a loss of approximately 700 foundry related jobs during the period of the "study visit." We had the opportunity to observe the community act and react. We learned not only the tools and processes employed but we gained insights into the economic developments in the American industrial society.