Owing to the departure of the mill industry from rural New England, many small towns have suffered erosion of their economic base. These towns and villages face a declining population, vacant mills, and an aging workforce. Monroe, Massachusetts, is an example of the problems of rural reindustrialization. This article concludes that state intervention is required for the restoration of productivity.
Armstrong, Jeanne H. and Mullin, John R.
"The Problems of Rural Reindustrialization: A Case Study of Monroe, Massachusetts,"
New England Journal of Public Policy:
2, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umb.edu/nejpp/vol5/iss2/5