Morehead State University

Economic Development in Rowen County: Looking Back to Move Forward

How can quality of life be soundly measured in the Morehead-Rowen County community in order to help promote sustainable progress? Relationships between quality of life and economic conditions were examined and recommendations made regarding the measurement and tracking of the community’s quality of life – with a view to using such measures to help promote sound and sustainable decision making and policy development.   In continuing cooperation with the NewCity Morehead-Rowan County Project, students combined qualitative and quantitative research approaches in an attempt to better understand and document the “quality of life” for a group of carefully-selected Kentucky counties, including Rowan County, all experiencing a range of economic conditions.

Final Report

Student Participants: Ashley Adkins, Tony Pence, Drew Scaggs, Cory Owens, Jocelyn Gross, Morgan Stratton

Faculty: Christine McMichael, Stephen Lang e


Contact Information:

Christine E. McMichael, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Geography
Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy
School of Public Affairs
College of Business and Public Affairs
Morehead State University
110F Combs Building
Morehead, KY 40351
Telephone: 606-783-5442



Previous Conference Participation:  2009