Planning for Economic Development Task Force Documents
Do planners create jobs or are they solely regulators? APA’s Economic Development Task Force explored these issues in a 2015 report and presentation, telling the story of how planning is essential to economic development.
Through a series of mini-case studies, planners identify the differences between economic growth and economic development, learn the local context and parts of a regional economy, and better understand their local and regional economies.
Guides and Case Studies
- Homegrown Tools | A collection of searchable economic-development case studies that can help you make the case for strategies that stimulate private investment and job creation. (Are you a small town interested in contributing? Take a look at the contributor Dropbox folder here.)
Other Helpful Websites
- United States Economic Development Administration
- International Economic Development Council
- National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations