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applied for funding but had not received a verdict by the time of the survey.

b.

Research on the Edge pre-conference follow-up

A follow up assessment has not been conducted, but it will be

c.

ESRAB—plans for 2009 meeting in Bellevue, WA

ESRAB report is delayed because they are meeting at the end of October.

d.

AMS/ACRA special topic session:  Adding SEM to your analytical toolbox: Designing studies using structural equation modeling (Leslie)

40 people attended, it was very well received by the conference participants.

e.

Increasing membership in NCCC-65

Discussion was held about potential new members, particularly seeking members from unrepresented disciplines

f.

Plan for submitting annual report (2008-2009)

Mary Lynn will write the annual report  

6.

Implementation of NCCC-65 proposal objectives

a.

A discussion was held about the project objectives and plans for future meetings. It was decided that the group will meet in conjunction with ITAA in 2010 October 31 and November 1 in Montreal if states will approve an out of the region meeting. Plans are to have a more advanced SEM seminar as a pre-conference session. February 1 is the deadline for ITAA application for workshops. If states will not approve a meeting in Canada we will meet in Washington, D.C.

b.

We discussed ideas for additional sessions such as 1) higher issues for SEM-Diagnostics 2) cross cultural research issues 3) Partial Least Squares (PLS) session 4) Visual displaying of data

7.

Review of NCCC-065 Accomplishments

a.

Set research priorities for multi-state and national work on emerging issues relevant to Social Change in the Marketplace.

b.

Identify strategies to increase the rigor of the research methodology and empirical techniques used to study Social Change in the Marketplace.

c.

Provide an opportunity for scholars to build partnerships, develop mutual interests, and foster collaborative national research efforts on Social Change in the Marketplace.

d.

Share and critique new ideas and new unpublished data regarding issues related to Social Change in the Marketplace.

Rural areas dependent on an agricultural economy are witnessing enormous changes as the need for agricultural labor decreases, global competition increases, and the introduction of new technologies stimulates continuous changes in how business is transacted. Rural regions face many challenges in re-defining and re-tooling themselves for the present and prospective economy (Kalomiris, 2003). As agriculture's share of the rural economy declines, entrepreneurship, innovation, and small business vitality are likely to be the future sources of competitiveness and growth for rural areas (Manrique,

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