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Attracting the Talent

February 8, 2013: 

The Creative Class Is Key to Current Economic Development Trends


In today’s evolving economy, the road to prosperity requires an on ramp for the creative class. This well-educated, highly skilled, well-paid group of people, who think for a living, will drive roughly half of all U.S. job growth through 2018, according to author and scholar Richard Florida.

Celebrating the Local

February 8, 2013: 

A community’s heritage and diversity spurs home-grown economic development


There was a time when cities and towns looked to developers and manufacturers and the service sectors to bring in jobs and to help revitalize the economy.

Zoning for Prosperity

February 8, 2013: 

Streamlined Regulations and Urban Design Guidelines as an Economic Development Strategy


Cultivating The Arts

February 8, 2013: 

By Steve Wright

Cities benefit from using the arts as an economic development tool.


From almost the beginning of time, the arts have been supported by everyone from monarchs to popes to commoners because of its humane, beautiful, spiritual and life-affirming qualities.

In these challenging economic times, an equal argument can be made for valuing the arts like precious infrastructure, as important to cities as walkability, transit and parkland, and as essential as streets, water and sewer lines.

Transit Options: Supporting Communities During Tough Times

February 8, 2013: 

By Judy Newman


Throughout the United States, housing and commercial construction have slowed to a crawl, as banks have tightened lending and consumers have cut back on spending.

Construction spending nationwide hit a 10-year low of $805 billion in July, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data by the Associated General Contractors of America.

Markets Make It the Right Place to Live

February 8, 2013: 

Public Food Markets Enhance the Quality of Life in a Community


Early in the country’s history, Americans bought much of the food they didn’t grow themselves from local farmers at public markets that were a focal point of their communities. Many of those markets faded away in the last century, but now public markets are roaring back.