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Community economic development networks: A grassroots leadership challenge

Frank Odasz (Frank Odasaz (franko (a) bigsky. is originally from Cody, Wyoming, and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis in 1974. Having served a decade as a Wyoming oil field rough‐neck, independent carpenter, and dude ranch manager, Odasz received an M.S. in Instructional Technology from the University of Wyoming in 1984. He has been an Assistant Professor of computer education at Western Montana Collage since 1985. Big Sky Telegraph is successful rural network – founded by Odasz and friends on grant funds from the M. J. Murdoch charitable Trust and U.S. West – that went online January 1, 1988.)

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 1 March 1994



Communities of all sizes now have the ability to gain access to the Internet for minimal costs. Access to the Internet has created a kind of global “infomarketplacerdquo; by making business information and expert advice readily available. Communities can take advantage of this low‐cost accessibility to spur local economic development and entrepreneurship through collaboration with experts. Communities need to consider what level of Internet connectivity best meets their needs, in view of the cost/benefit ratio of Internet access. Issues and barriers to be dealt with include profit motives, teleliteracy, and technofear.



Odasz, F. (1994), "Community economic development networks: A grassroots leadership challenge", Internet Research, Vol. 4 No. 1, pp. 2-6.




Copyright © 1994, MCB UP Limited

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