Agricultural economist Goetz recognized for outstanding public service

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has received the 2015 Outstanding Public Service through Economics Award from the Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association.

Goetz, director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, accepted the award at the association's recent annual meeting in Newport, Rhode Island.

The award honors economists who have applied agricultural, environmental, consumer, resource or community development economics in a unique way that has contributed toward solving important problems and improving the welfare of society. Goetz was recognized for his research, leadership and longtime service as director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development.

"Under professor Goetz's leadership, the center has helped coordinate important multi-state projects with policy-relevant research and outreach components," said Todd Gabe, of the University of Maine, in nominating Goetz for the award. "These efforts -- which have involved numerous students, faculty, staff members and stakeholder groups -- focus on key policy issues such as land use, local foods and community economic development."

Goetz's research examines the determinants of economic growth and development, and poverty reduction across the United States. His current research interests include regional food systems development, employment creation and network analysis.

Goetz also directs the National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center and serves on the board of directors for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania and the Council on Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics. He is a member of the Committee on National Statistics of the National Academies of Sciences, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.

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Last Updated August 03, 2015