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Economic Development

Economic development is the engine that helps cities grow successfully. Whether it’s promoting an environment where small businesses can thrive, supporting more and better employment opportunities, or offering improved amenities to current and prospective residents and businesses, we have a wealth of resources and strategies you can rely upon.

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  • CitiesSpeak

Post adapted from Smart Incentives Specialized services can complement financial incentives, while taking the concept of a partnership between business and community to a new level.

Guest blogger Swati Ghosh, the International Economic…

Construction
Construction
  • CitiesSpeak

“How does a city government work with local industries, businesses, and institutions to keep them in the city and improve communications with them?” This crucial question was raised by Mayor Sam Schwartzkopf of Lincoln, Nebraska, in a 1968…

Seattle
Seattle
  • Press Release

Gaps in the "talent pipeline" pose a serious challenge as city leaders strive to develop a robust and innovative local economy. Just years out of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the United States still faces an…

Press Release
Press Release
  • CitiesSpeak

This post was written by Bruce Katz, Brooks Rainwater and Julie Wagner .

For the past 50 years Silicon Valley and Research Triangle Park epitomized the environments where the nation’s innovations germinated. Now, there’s a noticeable…

Boston
Boston
  • Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – A new report on city small business development efforts was released today by the National League of Cities (NLC), calling on local governments to make small business development a priority and create “ecosystems” that support…

Press Release
Press Release
  • CitiesSpeak

This is the first of two blog posts in response to the Meeting of the Minds & Living Cities group blogging event which asks, “How could cities better connect all their residents to economic opportunity?” 

America is a country of…

Desks
Desks
  • CitiesSpeak

This post was written by Ellen Harpel, founder of Smart Incentives and president of Business Development Advisors LLC (BDA), an economic development and market intelligence consulting firm. Post originally appeared on Smart Incentives blog…

New York City
New York City
  • CitiesSpeak

This is a guest post written by Daria Siegel, Director of Launch LM and Andrew Breslau, Downtown Alliance Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing.

It seems everybody these days wants a “tech cluster.” Municipalities across…

Group of workers
Group of workers
  • CitiesSpeak

This is a guest post by Ellen Harpel, president of Business Development Advisors and Founder of Smart Incentives.

Incentives are taxpayer backed programs used to influence business decisions and spur company investment or job creation in…

Computer
Computer
  • CitiesSpeak

This post also appears on CityMinded’s blog.

Cities incubate creativity and serve as labs for innovative ideas and policies. One such idea arising more and more is the innovation district. These districts are creative, energy-laden…

District hall
District hall