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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics



The Exurban Change Program analyzes 
economic, social, agricultural and land use change throughout
Ohio’s townships, the Midwest region, and the Nation's exurban/rural landscape.

The exurban change program provides analysis of economic, social, agricultural, and land use changes of exurban regions and localities across the country, with a focus on exurban areas of Ohio. The overall goal of the program is to perform applied research on these topics and to disseminate data and research results to local officials, professionals, and interested citizens to support their planning and decision making.

We also will consult on individual projects. The Exurban Change Project Team can create a custom analysis for a local area of interest, including:

  • Customized data collection and analysis,

  • Assistance in using data for planning, program design and evaluation,

  • High quality presentations, and

  • Information about the wide array of data sources from which the indicators were drawn.

The exurban change project would not be possible without the support of several Ohio State University programs. Please follow our supporter and collaborator links to learn more about the programs and organizations which have been invaluable in supporting the exurban change project.

Exurban Team:  The co-investigators for the project are Jeff Sharp and Elena Irwin

Supporters:  The exurban change project is a collaborative project of the Departments of Agriculture, Environmental and Development Economics and Human & Community Resource Development at The Ohio State University.

Collaborators: Ohio State University Extension,The Swank Program in Rural Urban Policy,and AMP: Agroecosystem Management Program.

To learn more about or contact the people involved in the Exurban Change Project please follow our participants link