Provides a comprehensive look at local economic development and public policy, placing special emphasis on quality of life and sustainability. It draws extensively on case studies, and includes both mainstream and alternative perspectives in dealing with economic growth and development issues. The contributions of economic theories and empirical research to the policy debates, and the relationship of both to quality of life and sustainability are explored and clarified.
Lists of Tables, Figures, and Appendixes Preface; Part 1. Defining Economic Development, Quality of Life, and Sustainability; 1 Economic Growth vs. Economic Development; 2 Traditional Economic Development: Incentives for Business; 3 Quality of Life and the Standard of Living; 4 Environmentally Sustainable Development; Part 2. Creating Sustainable Economic Development for States and Localities; 5 Opportunity and Economic Development; 6 Sprawl, Infrastructure, and Sustainable Development; 7 The Effects of Growth on Fiscal Sustainability; 8 Indicators and Plans for Sustainable Economic Development.