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Promoting Sustainable Local and Community Economic Development

1st Edition

By Roland V. Anglin


302 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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Growing local economies, empowering communities, revitalizing downtowns, developing entrepreneurship, building leadership, and enhancing nonprofits — you can achieve all these benefits and more with a comprehensive and strategic revitalization plan. Chronicling the struggle of local revitalization as organizers move from trial and error to effective revitalization strategies, Promoting Sustainable Local and Community Economic Development documents the current transformation in community revitalization from market-based incentives to mixed strategies of public sector learning, partnerships, and community capacity.

Knowledge about the field and what works is growing, but not always publicized and readily accessible. This reference surveys the breadth of innovative place and people development practices, presenting lessons and examples at a general and textured level, putting information about innovative ways to change, influence, and improve the economic development process within easy reach.

Roland Anglin brings his unique vantage point to the topic; his experience as a practitioner and applied academic allowed him to see how community economic development practices grow over time in size, scale, and impact. He highlights the difference between what is now termed community economic development (CED) and traditional local economic development practice, specifically the priority placed on community involvement in economic development partnerships between the private sector and government. The book includes case studies that demonstrate what has and has not worked in revitalization efforts, as well as how active public and private sector partnerships have been the most effective in revitalization efforts. A Resource Guide is included at the end of the book for readers who may want a more expansive understanding of community economic development.

Table of Contents

What Is Community Economic Development?

The CED Intermediaries

Expanding Capital Access

Support for Community Economic Development



Searching for Sustainable Community Economic Development

What Can Be Done?

Rethinking People and Place Development

Putting People First

Livable and Sustainable Communities

Brownfield Redevelopment

Reusing Steel from Automobiles to Build Affordable Housing



Public Sector Innovation and Community Economic Development

Leadership and Innovation

Community Economic Development Capacity

Community Building and Development

Assets and Agency

Changing Strategies in Workforce Development

School Reform for Sustainable Community Economic Development

The Role of Higher Education



Locally Based Community Economic Development Institutions: A Base for Innovation

Community Development Corporations

Government Support

Community Reinvestment Act

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit

New Markets Tax Credit Program

The Management Challenge

The Unity Council: Connecting Transit-Oriented Development to Community Economic Development

The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development: Bridging the Regional Divide

Preserving Individual Assets

Research and Policy



The Role of Community Economic Development Intermediaries

Expanding the Supply of Capital: Public Sector Support of Community Development Finance

Building Capacity on the Community Side

NeighborWorks America

Building Strong Communities

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Connecting the Basics

Enterprise Community Partners

Experimentation and Innovation

Regional and Local Intermediaries

Neighborhood Partnership Inc.: Less Is More


Institutional Strength Conditions Innovation and Policy Leadership

CED Intermediaries Augment the Field by Routinizing the

Development Process

Linking Mainstream Markets and CED

Leading the Way for Sustainable Community Economic Development


Community Building and Development

Are Community Development and Community Building Different?

Reintroducing Old Friends

Planning, Information Management, and Development

Neighborhood Security and Community Economic Development

Weed and Seed

Partnering with Weed and Seed, LISC’s Community Safety Initiative

Gang Diversion: Homeboy Industries

Developing Youth/Youth Developing Communities


Arts and Culture

Turning Graffiti into Art: The Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia

Food and Community Development



Assets and Agency

Individual Asset Building

Individual Development Accounts

Hidden Gold: Earned Income Tax Credits

Access to Credit for Self-Employment and Human Capital Development

Collective Asset Building

Stabilizing the Commons

Operation Neighborhood Recovery

Financing Innovation

What Can Be Done Nationally: The National Community

Stabilization Trust



Innovations in Community-Based Workforce Development

Sectoral Employment

Second Chance, Inc

Career Ladders

Temporary Staffing

Network Building

Partnerships with Community Colleges



Reforming Schools and Strengthening Community Economic Development

Linking Community Building and Education

Lincoln, Nebraska: Leadership Makes a Difference

Smart Education Systems

Chicago: Logan Square Neighborhood Association

Parent Involvement and Organizing

Linking Community Economic Development and Educational Reform

Community Economic Development Partnerships for Educational Reform

Enterprise Community Partners and New Compact School


Linking Schools to Community

Linking Education and Development

More Effective Mobility Policies


Higher Education as a Partner in Development

Successful University–Community Partnerships

Building Community Capacity

The University as Developer

Knowledge Generation, Geographical Information Systems, and Community Economic Development

Minnesota 3D

The Special Role of Community Colleges as CEDIs


Effective Partnerships

Public Sector Support


Looking Forward: Promise and Hope

Addressing the Organizational and Institutional Challenge

Expanding the Planning and Implementation Capacity for Innovation

Modeling Innovation

Community Development

Local School Reform

Assets and Agency

Workforce Development

Sustainable Development

Public Sector Involvement in Sustainable Community Economic Development




Resource Guide

Further Reading: Public Sector Innovation

Further Reading: Sustainable, Community, and Economic Development

Community Economic Development Institutions and Stakeholders

The Public Sector Institutions, Strategies, and Programs

Community Economic Development Support, Advocacy and Learning Resources

Asset Building and Community Development

Workforce Development

Higher Education and Community Economic Development

Community Building/Development

Arts and Community Economic Development

Education Reform and Community Development

Community Organizing Groups

Crime Prevention

Youth Development

International CED

About the Author/Editor

Roland V. Anglin is the director of the Initiative for Regional and Community Transformation (IRCT) at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Dr. Anglin’s career spans over twenty years of working in the public, educational, and philanthropic sectors. In all his professional positions, Anglin has focused on promoting economic and community development in and for marginalized communities.

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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