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Tag Archives: Economic Development

March 28, 2017
Gorsuch, Trump Disagree On Key Property Rights Decision
Washington Post

In an e-mail written while he was working in the George W. Bush administration, Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch denounced Kelo v. City of New London, a terrible Supreme Court property rights decision that Trump himself has often praised.

March 23, 2017
Where Trump Should Bring Back The Steel
Washington Post

The late, great steel towns of western Pennsylvania made essential parts for skyscrapers, railways, bridges and battleships. Now, in their postindustrial pall, these towns contain more than a few lifelong Democrats who voted Republican in November for the first time.

March 22, 2017
March 20, 2017
March 19, 2017
Trump Budget Would Eliminate Key Rust Belt Supports
Brookings Institution

There’s a disturbing disconnect between President Trump’s expressed concern for the regions left behind and his budget outline’s treatment of three small but important agencies.

March 16, 2017
U.S. Cities Battle for Jobs With $45B in Incentives
Wall Street Journal

Already depleted by foreign competition, states and cities offer increasingly lucrative tax breaks and other benefits to keep companies local, sometimes squaring off with neighboring municipalities.

Trump Budget Will Hamper Economic Development
Smart Growth America

Earlier today President Trump released his budget blueprint for fiscal year 2017-2018, which outlines increased military spending and cuts for many domestic programs—including key programs that support economic growth in American communities.

Development-Led Planning in a Plan-Led Planning System
European Planning Studies (abstract)

Planning systems are generally divided into plan-led and development-led systems. However, it is quite common that the planning practice follows development-led planning although the planning system would structurally be plan-led.

March 15, 2017
Tax Credits Play A Critical Role in Economic Development

Past tax policies include tax credits for corporations that invest in distressed areas that advance economic growth and prosperity, bringing much-needed capital into these communities for affordable housing, to start and expand businesses and to upgrade essential infrastructure.

March 13, 2017
Why Are The Dutch Embracing A Far-Right Candidate?

Life in the Netherlands is pretty good. GDP per capita is the fifteenth highest in the world, the national Human Development Index is the fifth highest on the planet, and inequality is the ninth-lowest worldwide. So why is the country moving to the far right?

March 9, 2017
Tax Breaks Are Dumb, Long Live Tax Breaks
Seattle Times

More evidence arrives that most state and local tax incentives don’t work. But try telling that to the elected leaders of a hollowed-out region — or even a prosperous one that sees one of its leading economic clusters in danger.

March 7, 2017
March 6, 2017
The Roles of Nature and History in Urban Development
London School of Economics

Why do people live where they do, whether in the world as a whole or within a given country? Why are some places so densely populated and some so empty? In daily life, we take this variation in density as a matter of course, but in many ways it can be quite puzzling.

March 2, 2017
Brookings’ Metro Monitor 2017 Dashboard
Brookings Institution

The Metro Monitor provides leaders across metropolitan America with a set of objective metrics to guide their efforts in shaping advanced regional economies that work for all.

Reimagining Planning as ‘Market Maker’
Planning Theory & Practice (abstract)

In this paper we hope to show that the analyses that support planning as development hinderance are incomplete because of the theoretical limitations of the neoclassical tradition from which they emerge.

March 1, 2017
Can “City of Design” Title Help All Detroiters?
Next City

Detroit nabbed the only City of Design designation in 2015, a nod to the Ford Motors home city and its $2.5B creative economy. Now, economic developers are partnering with creative leaders to spread Detroit’s design resources to entrepreneurs in impoverished neighborhoods.

Improving the Competitiveness of Port Cities
Journal of Transport Geography (abstract)

This paper uses the Quadratic Assignment Procedure (QAP) and related regression models to test this relationship as well as identify the determinants of urban competitiveness.

February 28, 2017
How Corporations Can Imbed Equity Into Decision-Making

Most corporations recognize the importance of having a diverse and inclusive workforce. However, few companies have yet to realize the larger impact that adopting more equitable practices can have on both society and their own profitability.

February 26, 2017
An Urban Agenda for the Trump Administration
The Hill

Encouraging private economic development, following through on promises to reform education, and changing course on criminal justice reform to the state-tested, all-encompassing smart-on-crime approach would lay the groundwork for a promising urban agenda from this administration.

February 23, 2017


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