Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Educational Foundations & Leadership
Dennis E. Gregory
Mitchell R. Williams
Lindsay E. Usher
The southwest region of Virginia has an unstable economy, which cycles through periods of growth and decline. The strategic plans for southwest Virginia propose cultural heritage tourism as a sustainable industry for economic development of this rural region. Institutions of higher education provide education and training for a qualified workforce and community service. This qualitative, single case study on The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail examines the roles of institutions of higher education with regard to cultural heritage tourism for sustainable community and economic development in rural areas. The data sources for this study are the administrators of The Crooked Road and institutions of higher education, including community colleges and four-year colleges, private and public. All institutions of higher education in the study population offer some form of heritage music activities or programs. Not all of the institutions of higher education in the study populations have a formal association with The Crooked Road. Study findings propose institutions of higher education have roles for cultural heritage tourism to support rural economic and community development. Strong institutional leadership and partnerships among all stakeholders are necessary for the sustainability of the cultural heritage events.
Gilley, Terence M..
"Institutions of Higher Education and Cultural Heritage Tourism: A Case Study of The Crooked Road, Virginia's Heritage Music Trail"
(2015). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Dissertation, Educational Foundations & Leadership, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/55pk-9a67