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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.

Economic Development subtopics:

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  • Research Report

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Cities make the sharing economy work. The sharing economy, also commonly referred to as collaborative consumption, encompasses peer-to peer transactions in which providers and consumers share resources and services from…

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Efforts to shop small and shop locally are especially critical because they bolster the local economy – and since local sales taxes are often not collected for online purchases, encouraging residents to support local…

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  • Case Studies & Practices

What are the goals of the program?

Beginning in 2009, in the midst of the home mortgage foreclosure crisis, the city of Coon Rapids implemented a housing rehabilitation program. Over the course of four years, the Home for Generations…

  • Case Studies & Practices
What are the target goals?

In the absence of any tax increment financing options (TIF) available under Washington State law, the City of Auburn sought to stimulate development in its city center with infrastructure projects…

  • Case Studies & Practices
What are the Program Goals?

City leaders sought to raise the prominence and economic prowess of Gaithersburg through creation of a world class book festival. Five years after its creation in 2010, the event has solidified the city's position…

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Summary 

Tech Goes Home (TGH), founded in 2000 by Open Air Boston (OAB), is a national award-winning initiative helping to provide under-served residents the opportunity, tools, education, and access required for 21st century skills development…

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The maker movement is the platform for today’s artisans to create, craft, develop and prototype new and interesting ideas and products. This new, hyperlocal manufacturing environment holds potential not only for individual hobbyists but also for…

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By clustering talent, startups, established firms, nonprofits, research institutions and cultural assets, innovation districts encourage people to come together in places that can incubate creativity and serve as labs for…

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As the economy rebounds and fiscal health stabilizes, mayors across the country are using their State of the City speeches to tout the progress their communities have made through hard work, innovation and collaboration. The State of the City…