Local entrepreneurial programming: myth or reality– a southern case study

Lori Dickes (Department of Public Administration, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA)
Elizabeth Crouch (South Carolina Rural Health Research Center, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, USA)
Thomas C. Walker (Department of Public Administration, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA)

Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

ISSN: 2045-2101

Publication date: 21 August 2017



Entrepreneurship is argued to be a critical driver of economic growth for both individual communities and the nation. Regional scientists, economists, and policy makers underscore the importance of a diverse economy that supports recruitment of new firms, existing firms, and entrepreneurship efforts. However, there remains evidence that many states and localities prefer traditional industrial recruitment efforts and that local and state entrepreneurial efforts may be less coordinated. The paper aims to discuss these issues.


This research explores the commitment and priorities of local and regional developers to entrepreneurial policy and other economic development policy efforts. This study uses a statewide survey to local economic developers and logistic regression to determine the likelihood of local entrepreneurial program efforts across South Carolina.


The model results reveal that the probability of local or regional entrepreneurial development programming is complex and dependent on the type of organization involved in economic development along with other community and state characteristics. However, results further confirm that barriers to entrepreneurship, like access to seed capital, and the influence of perceived alternative policies affect local and regional support of entrepreneurship.


The policy priorities of local economic developers appear to play a significant role in the probability of having local entrepreneurship policy and programs. This confirms that the signals local policymakers receive from the state may impact the programming choices and policy emphasis at the local and regional level. In conclusion, if states want entrepreneurial efforts to be a critical driver of economic growth and development, there must be a coordinated and focused state driver supporting these efforts.



Dickes, L., Crouch, E. and Walker, T. (2017), "Local entrepreneurial programming: myth or reality– a southern case study", Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 224-241. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEPP-01-2017-0002

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