This textbook is concerned with economic development at the local, community or regional scale. Its aim is to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to contemporary thinking about locally-based economic development, how growth can be planned and how that development can be realised.
Key features of the book include:
• Provides students with a thorough understanding of current debates around local and regional development and how that body of work can assist them in helping communities grow;
• Equips students with a ‘toolkit’ of strategies that enable them to both plan for development and deliver that development through their professional lives;
• Offers a roadmap for economic development that helps students make sense of place-based development by providing a ‘meta narrative’ of how regions grow and how those processes can be enhanced. This integrating perspective will be organised around the concept of competitiveness and how that concept can be understood and operationalized in various ways;
• Aims to improve the performance of economic development agencies by providing current and future staff with a better set of strategies that are more appropriate to their needs;
• Socializes students into the world of economic development planning, providing them with an entry point into a rewarding career;
• Introduces students to a range of techniques essential to success in economic development planning.
In addition to a wealth of case studies and pedagogical features, the book is also complemented by online resources. In offering a full toolkit of economic development knowledge, techniques and strategies, this text will thoroughly prepare students for a career in urban planning, transport planning, human geography, applied economic analysis, Geographic Information Systems, and/or work as an economic development practitioner.
'Place matters! This red thread through this textbook written by two recognized scholars calls for active care and smart governance for cities and regions. This fine opus offers practical and pedagogical guidelines for professionals and students in urban and regional planning. Both the local and the global arena of competitiveness and of endogenous and external forces are systematically and comprehensively mapped out. This book is a great source of new insights in place-based policy strategies.' – Peter Nijkamp, Universiteit Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS), The Netherlands
'This book is highly recommended in understanding what is happening locally and globally in planning and economic development. It will be a hugely helpful source of information and insight for those going into – or already working in – careers in economic development, urban planning, transport planning, spatial data analysis and applied economic analysis and indeed the wider world of public policy. Clear, well written, great coverage and with many interesting examples – a must read.' – David Bailey, Aston Business School, Aston University, UK
Introduction: Cities, Regions and Communities in the 21st Century 2. The Challenge of Local Economic Development 3. Why Places Grow 4. The Components of Local Growth 5. Helping Businesses and Industry Grow 6. Be Beautiful or Die? Amenity as a Growth Strategy 7. Analysing the Opportunities of Local Economic Development 8. Models of Growth and Techniques of Analysis 9. Planning Economic Development 10. Land Use Planning for Economic Development 11. Making Growth Happen 12. Economic Development: Working for Success