In order to understand how ITS is affecting rural economies interviews with representatives from firms in the recreational transportation equipment industry in northwest Minnesota were conducted. The primary goal of this research is to analyze ITS use from the industry cluster perspective developed by Michael Porter rather than at the individual firm level. It is hoped that this analysis will lead to recognition of regional transportation communication, and technology concerns and reveal avenues of further ITS development and implementation to keep rural economies competitive. This report has three primary objectives: 1. Assess current ITS use in a rural industry cluster; 2. Analyze ITS use to determine if there is an effect on the rural industry cluster; 3. Explore future potential roles of ITS in a rural industry cluster or rural economy. ITS is enhancing the competitiveness of the cluster's rural location. Continued cooperation among large and small firms and continued support from ITS developers is needed to ensure the health of the cluster. ITS use ranges considerably but new technologies are being installed to make shipping, inventory tracking, and communication between companies inside and outside of the region more efficient. The larger firms are leading the way for the smaller firms in ITS adoption, but smaller firms are reluctant to invest in new systems due to cost, lack of qualified personal, and perceived impracticality at their current level of business

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Publication Date: 2003. Intelligent Transportation Society of America, Washington DC. Format: CD ROM
  • Corporate Authors:

    Minnesota. Department of Transportation

    St Paul, Minnesota  United States 

    Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

    3132 Channel Drive
    Juneau, AK  United States  99801-7898

    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, 280 Humphrey Center
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55455

    Deutsches Institut fuer Wirtschaftsforschung

    Konigin-Luise-Strasse 5
    1000 Berlin 33,   Germany 

    Iteris, Incorporated

    1515 S Manchester Avenue
    Anaheim, CA  United States  92802

    Utah Department of Public Safety

    317 State Office Building
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84114
  • Authors:
    • Munnich, Lee W
    • Lehnhoff, James
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  • Publication Date: 2003


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  • Pagination: 23 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00962545
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Created Date: Sep 2 2003 12:00AM