Empowerment by the Pringsewu Local Government: A Study on the Tourism Rest Area of Wates


The Pringsewu bamboo monument tourist attraction is an icon or landmark of Pringsewu Regency which is located in Wates Village, Gading Rejo District.Apart from being a tourist attraction, this monument also has many benefits in the area. Inside, there are many public facilities that can be used by the community. There is also a large trading area, which is almost half of the the overall location of the Pringsewu bamboo monument. The main purpose of the construction area trade, in addition to providing a comfortable resting place for the visitors who come to the area, is the provision of field jobs for the surrounding community to be able to sell at that location in order to meet their daily needs. The main purpose of this research is to describe the political relationship between the Pringsewu Regional Government and the community economic empowerment in the Tugu Bambu rest area of Gading Rejo village. The research method uses a qualitative approach through a descriptive case study, where data is obtained from the results of interviews involving local governments, traders, and visitors. Observations and documentation were also carried out to find out the conditions in the field that the analysis is performed in. The results and conclusion of this study are obtained through observations of political relations and the economic empowerment of the community, namely through the construction of trading and public facilities areas, and the efforts made to increase the success of the local government namely by eliminating rent, intensifying promotions, and coaching community economic development for traders. These efforts can be said to be successful due to an increase in the number of traders from each year as well as the satisfaction of traders who can meet the needs of their merchandise.

Keywords: Politics, Local Government, Community Economic Empowerment

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