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Tag Archives: Economic Development

October 20, 2016
The New Mythology of Rich Cities and Poor Suburbs
City Observatory

There’s a new narrative going around about place. Like so many narratives, it’s based on a perceptible grain of truth, but then has a degree of exaggeration that the evidence can’t support.

October 17, 2016
IMF Head Should Enlist Cities in Inclusive Growth Push
Brookings Institution

To ensure that growth is more inclusive, Christine Lagarde called for stimulus, commitments to infrastructure, research and development and trade. These efforts are just as likely to be accomplished by finance ministers from the top down, or cities from the bottom up.

October 13, 2016
Kotkin: Next Great Metro is in Texas

If you drive south from Dallas, or west from Houston, a subtle shift takes place. The monotonous, flat prairie that dominates much of Texas gives way to a landscape that rises and ebbs. It is home to the one of the most dynamic urban economies in the country.

October 9, 2016
October 5, 2016
Littleton Could Dismantle Urban Renewal Authority Citing Divisiveness
Denver Post

City leaders on Tuesday set the stage to dismantle Littleton’s urban renewal authority and the dissolution of three of four redevelopment areas in the city, conceding at some level that revitalization efforts in this southern suburb had become “increasingly divisive and political for the city and its citizens.”

October 3, 2016
September 27, 2016
How ‘Weird’ Became an Economic Strategy for Cities

About 15 years ago, an independent bookseller in Texas went to battle against the specter of mega-bookstore invasion. His weapon of choice was something a purveyor of books knew best: a word. And the word was weird.

September 26, 2016
Reinventing Lawrenceville Took Time, Effort
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The once-dingy Pittsburgh neighborhood is now teeming with hipsters and street trees. Housing prices of $30,000 20 years ago are through the roof, with some listings in the $700,000-to-$800,000 range.

Competitive Multi-City Regionalism
Regional Studies (abstract)

Local growth politics are increasingly conducted at scales confounding the assumptions of growth machine theory. We analyze ‘competitive multi-city regionalism’ in the U.S. – local growth coalitions collaborating on economic development across multiple city-regions.

September 13, 2016
Creative Entrepreneurship in Indianapolis
Aaron Renn

Benjamin and Janneane Blevins of PRINTtEXT, one of the world’s great magazine stores, joined Aaron Renn in a podcast about opening their shop, and other creative entrepreneurial endeavors they’ve undertaken in Indianapolis.

September 12, 2016
September 11, 2016
USPS Should Let Milwaukee Build Its New Mail Trucks
Next City

Nearly 180,000 new mail trucks will get built out between 2018 and 2024, worth a total price tag of $6.3 billion. For observers monitoring the bid from a distance, like Aina Vilumsons of the Wisconsin Procurement Institute, those numbers mean local jobs across the board.

September 6, 2016
Counting Women Entrepreneurs
City Observatory

Entrepreneurship is both a key driver of economic activity, but for much of our history, entrepreneurship has been dominated by men. In recent decades, however, the number of women active in starting and growing their own businesses has been increasing.

September 1, 2016
Transatlantic Advice on Development Strategies
City Observatory

The UK’s Centre for Cities, a London based think tank studies many of the same issues on the other side of the Atlantic that we find so interesting at City Observatory.

NYC Wants to Diversify the Real Estate Industry
Next City

In a series of roundtable discussions with small-scale developers last year, NYCEDC heard that lack of affordable financing for predevelopment and acquisition was holding them back from bigger projects. That is starting to change now.

August 30, 2016
Performance Measurement in Economic Development
Brookings Institution

Economic development organizations need to recognize that the current standard for performance metrics is, by and large, an illusion. Export and FDI initiatives don’t live up to it, but traditional business attraction approaches don’t either.

August 28, 2016
August 10, 2016
Mass. Governor Signs $1B Economic Development Bill

Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday signed into law a nearly $1 billion economic development bill, which includes a mix of funding for infrastructure, housing, workforce training, business development and other projects.

A Collaborative Approach to Urban Economic Development
Chicago Policy Review

Developed in early 2016, InveSTL is a unique collaboration among local community development organizations that aims to provide a coordinated, regional approach to fostering economic revitalization investment from public, private, and philanthropic partners.

Understanding the ‘Northern Powerhouse’
Regional Studies (abstract)

By bringing together the cities of the north into a functional economy, the aim of UK’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ is to create an agglomeration with the scale to counterbalance London. This paper summarizes and critically reviews this agenda.

August 9, 2016
St. Paul to Approve Next Step for Controversial MLS Stadium

In an effort to attract a soccer team to the city, St. Paul council would pledge to pay for infrastructure improvements and endorse the tax benefits sought by the team that some Minneapolis leaders had specifically opposed. The council also sought for the stadium to redevelop a shopping center. The next step is to happen […]

August 7, 2016
America’s Downtowns Are Becoming Center of Economic Strength
Wall Street Journal

For years, economists and urban experts talked about the doughnut hole of decay in city centers. But increasingly, many urban cores are islands of economic strength surrounded by decay that reaches out into inner-ring suburbs—beyond which fortunes rise again in more distant suburbs.


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