The health care sector plays a number of important roles in the economies of most rural communities.

Not only is this sector a major employer in rural areas, but it also is a catalyst for industrial and business growth and an inducement for retirement growth.

Now available from the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (UW CES) is "The Economic Importance of the Health Care Sector in Sheridan County," a bulletin showing the economic benefits reaped in Sheridan County, in terms of job and labor earnings, and also detailing how the presence of a quality health care industry makes a major contribution to the overall health of the communities. It offers an analysis of economic effects that can be adapted to help other counties evaluate health care sectors.

The publication is available on the World Wide Web, at www.uwyo.edu/ces/economic.htm. Printed copies also are available for $2.50 and can be obtained through county Extension offices or through the UW College of Agriculture Resource Center, PO Box 3313, Laramie, WY 82071; e-mail, bixbyd@uwyo.edu.

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