Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Bert Jacobson

Second Advisor

Don Daake

Third Advisor

Houston Thompson

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Community Application


This dissertation was an exploratory and descriptive study on the revitalization efforts of LeClaire, Iowa. Two community surveys, one business survey, and one leader interview survey were conducted to collect data from distinct stakeholder groups, consisting of LeClaire residents, visitors to LeClaire, residents throughout Scott County Iowa, business owners in LeClaire, and LeClaire leaders. Emergent results from quantitative and qualitative data identified that females are more concerned with revitalization and sustainability efforts than males, residents throughout Scott County are concerned with revitalization and sustainability, LeClaire residents are more concerned about the viability of their downtown than residents in other communities, and leaders may impact revitalization efforts in their community. Contributing factors in concerns for future small town viability have led the researcher to develop the Revitalized Ethically Sustainable Community Urban Enrichment (RESCUE) model. Future research would focus on the salient differences between leaders and stakeholders.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2012 for Olivet Nazarene University.