Retirement/recreation communities (RRCS) have been promoted as a way for some rural
regions to develop their economies. RRCS can have substantial economic impacts (changes
employment and income) and fiscal impacts (changes in local government revenues and
rural communities, Because the magnitude and direction of these impacts are site-specific,
assessments of RRCS as a rural development strategy should consider both the economic
impacts for a given region. This paper presents a case study of the economic and
of Tellico Village on Loudon County, Tennessee.