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Local Economic Development and the Environment

Finding Common Ground, 1st Edition

By Susan M. Opp, Jeffery L. Osgood, Jr.


346 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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A clear and practical examination of complex issues, Local Economic Development and the Environment: Finding Common Ground provides a broad, academic look at the intersection of two important areas for local administrators. In addition to managing development in a strained economic climate, most administrators are also expected to be stewards of the environment. However, economic conditions often leave them with limited options for pursuing economic development and, at the same time, being environmentally mindful. Many find themselves without a clear understanding of the concepts, tools, and best practices available to accomplish this herculean task. Translating complex environmental and economic concepts into easily applicable practices, the book:

  • Gives practitioners the information they need to communicate with consultants, constituents, and officials, and to avoid ideological obstacles
  • Compares regulatory differences between states and other geographical differences
  • Includes examples from across the country to highlight variations in environmental regulations and laws
  • Provides technical, legal, and political insights into the process of pursuing local economic development projects that incorporate protection and awareness
  • Contains case studies that demonstrate the concepts in action, allowing readers to fully grasp the complexities associated with sustainable economic development
  • Discusses how local administrators can balance the economic and environmental needs of the future

Bridging the gap between policy-making intention and outcome, this book connects readers with a larger body of research that not only underpins practical applications but also helps them avoid legal, technical, and political obstacles. It provides an arsenal of best practices and everyday, easy-to-use strategies for optimizing the difficult balance between economic development and environmental protection.


"… explores rationales for and local efforts to achieve "green" or sustainable economic development. … This informative introduction to the topic makes a strong case for the feasibility of sustainable economic development. … Recommended."

—R. A. Beauregard, Columbia University in CHOICE Magazine, March 2014

Table of Contents

Setting the Context: Theories and Concepts of Economic Development and Sustainability

Local Economic Development and Environmental Protection: The Intersection

Sustainability and the Built Environment

Energy, the Environment, and Economics

Green Transportation: An Amenity Approach

Implementation: The Sustainable Economic Development Toolkit

The Greening of Public Administration

Public–Private Partnerships for Sustainable Economic Development

University–Community Partnerships for Sustainable Economic Development

Seeking Economic Development through Eminent Domain, Environmental Remediation, and Redevelopment

Tax Increment Financing for Sustainable Economic Development

Grant Administration and Project Analysis

Federal and State Resources for Sustainable Economic Development Efforts

Finding Common Ground: Local Economic Development and the Environment

About the Authors

Susan M. Opp (Colorado State Unversity, USA) (Author) , Jeffery L. Osgood, Jr. (West Chester University, Pennsylvania, USA) (Author)

About the Series

ASPA Series in Public Administration and Public Policy

Founded in 1939, the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is the premier professional organization for public administration, dedicated to advancing its art, science, teaching and practice. The ASPA book series provides expert information on a range of public administration issues, each authored by a leader in the field. Series Editor David Rosenbloom is Distinguished Professor of Public Administration in the School of Public Affairs at American University, USA.

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