Last summer I interned with private firm in the Dakotas doing mostly comprehensive plans for small towns. I was surprised to find out that there are almost no planners employed by local city and county governments out there. As it was put to me, rural counties and small towns are pretty much maxed out just doing zoning administration--any actual planning planning work is always farmed out to a private consulting firm.
Has that been your experience, rural planning Cyburbians? Just curious if you guys have had different experiences in other parts of the country.