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Tag Archives: Economic Development

January 5, 2017
Helena TIF Goes Under Legislative Scrutiny
Billings Gazette

A showdown is looming in Helena that pits the backers of a key economic development tool for governments, against legislators seeking school funding in a tight budget.

January 3, 2017
Feds: NAFTA Helped Texas Border Cities
El Paso Times

El Paso and other cities on the Texas-Mexico border have benefited from the 22-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement despite losing thousands of manufacturing jobs, a Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas economist concludes in a new report.

January 2, 2017
How a Place-Based Approach to Economic Development Won 2016
Next City

If there is one economic development fix that equity-minded cities are taking into 2017, it’s the importance of a place-based approach that is shaped locally, by the industries, people and infrastructure that already exist.

The Fall, Rise, Fall and Rise of Stamford, Connecticut

The world’s largest trading floor is just up the street from the train station in Stamford, Connecticut. It was built in the mid-1990s for Swiss Bank Corp., and now covers 103,000 square feet. It’s also empty.

Are “Charter Cities” a Development Solution?
Market Urbanism

Stanford economist Paul Romer has proposed an intriguing concept: the “charter city.” A charter city is a newly created city governed by a country other than the one within whose borders it exists. Its residents would remain citizens of the home country. Could this aide development?

December 20, 2016
December 19, 2016
Four Ways to Help the Midwest Make a Comeback
Crain's Cleveland Business

There are a number of economic and political lessons to take away from Trump’s Midwestern conquests, but the first one should be that the Midwest needs help.

Future Green Economies and Regional Development
Regional Studies (abstract)

The past 30 years have seen an explosion of interest and concern over the detrimental impacts of economic and industrial development. Despite this, the environmental agenda has not featured substantially in the regional studies literature.

December 13, 2016
December 12, 2016
December 11, 2016
Place Marketing, Place Branding, and Social Media
Growth and Change (abstract)

This paper examines how social media is used as a promotional tool for economic development at the municipal level through place marketing and branding, to identify and explore what specific tools are being used, and to discuss the strengths and limitations of use.

December 8, 2016
Measurements of Light Rail’s Impact on House Prices Are Uneven
Next City

A new working paper from the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank asks whether Virginia Beach is missing out on economic benefits by comparing housing prices along the Norfolk Tide and the proposed but unbuilt Virginia Beach extension. But they found a huge net loss.

December 7, 2016
Helsinki District is One Huge Innovation Platform
Nordic Business Insider

The CITIE report of 2015 ranked Helsinki third globally, when it comes to city initiatives for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship – only surpassed by New York and London. At the forefront of urban development is the Smart Kalasatama project.

December 5, 2016
Atlanta Council Votes to Cede Streets to Private Developer
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta City Council approved a plan that will essentially privatize parts of several downtown streets that Mayor Kasim Reed said were vital to keep alive a deal to sell Underground Atlanta to a private developer.

December 4, 2016
Will Gilbert’s Tax Incentive Plan Flare Detroit’s Tensions?
Detroit Free Press

Businessman Dan Gilbert used mostly private money to move his Quicken Loans to downtown Detroit in 2010 and then go on a shopping spree for mostly vacant skyscrapers. As he amassed about 80 properties, he rarely asked for or received any government assistance. But that’s changing.

December 1, 2016
November 30, 2016
Why Growth Economics Must Understand Cities
Brookings Institution

Given the well-documented association between urbanization and economic growth, it is notable that the role of cities has received little attention in growth diagnostics thus far. I believe this has to do with the models we use to think about growth.

November 28, 2016
Local Governments Can’t Build Economic Prosperity

Instead of spending, cities should reduce taxes that discourage productive activity, simplify regulations, sell or otherwise privatize city assets that are not necessary for providing core services and fully fund their drastically underfunded municipal pension plans.


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