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dc.contributor.advisor Garcia, Brian en
dc.contributor.author Sissi, Edwar en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-29T21:23:46Z en
dc.date.available 2020-06-29T21:23:46Z en
dc.date.issued 2020-06-29 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/216854 en
dc.description.abstract This research seeks to understand rural economic development through cultural heritage tourism, while utilizing Sevier County in Eastern Tennessee as a case study. Sevier County presents a unique example of a rural and historically impoverished region that has become an economic tourism powerhouse. However, as with any economic development model, one centered on cultural heritage can come with the risk of diluting the very resources that give this place its identity and unique sense of place. If carefully crafted, cultural heritage tourism can be a successful economic development model, and a sustainable one that preserves the area’s unique culture, its environment, and still provides for economic growth. In Sevier County, the natural world of the Great Smoky Mountains, the cultural history of the Appalachian peoples, and the massive influx of tourist-related development located along its central valley all converge together in this remote corner of Eastern Tennessee to take part in the predominate industry of tourism. Seemingly, at the center of it all is the cultural icon and the region’s hometown girl, Dolly Parton whom has coalesced these disparate worlds into a tourism empire based on the region’s unique assets and cultural heritage, including that of her own. The primary goal of this research is to identify existing and potential resources of significance pertaining to cultural heritage and sense of place, as embedded units of analysis, and grade their impacts against select categorical variables of economic, cultural, and environmental measurements. It is hoped that the grading and measurement tool developed in this study can be used in future studies to determine efficacies of cultural heritage sites, and their impacts in costs and benefits. en
dc.format.extent 231 pgs. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher California State Polytechnic University, Pomona en
dc.rights.uri http://www.cpp.edu/~broncoscholar/rightsreserved.html en
dc.subject Dolly Parton en
dc.subject Sevier County en
dc.subject Tennessee en
dc.subject Pigeon Forge en
dc.subject Appalachia en
dc.subject Dollywood en
dc.subject rural economic development en
dc.subject economic development en
dc.subject cultural heritage tourism en
dc.subject tourism en
dc.subject cultural heritage en
dc.subject small town planning en
dc.subject sense of space en
dc.subject place making en
dc.subject rural urbanism en
dc.subject embedded case study en
dc.title Smoky Mountain Appalachia: A Study Of Rural Economic Development Through The Lens Of Cultural Heritage Tourism en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.department Department of Urban and Regional Planning en
dc.description.degree M.U.R.P. en
dc.contributor.committeeMember Zimmer, Richard en
dc.contributor.committeeMember Huerta, Alvaro en
dc.rights.license All rights reserved en


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