Economic Development

  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship

    Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the drivers of job creation and innovation in most local economies. NLC helps city leaders understand the needs of their business community, implement targeted policies and leverage strategic partnerships to help entrepreneurs and small businesses thrive.

  • Workforce Development

    A skilled, educated workforce is an essential component of a strong and growing local economy. NLC offers research and resources to help city leaders align workforce development with their economic development efforts.

  • Global Competitiveness

    City leaders are increasingly embracing global economic linkages as viable sources of local economic growth. NLC helps local leaders understand the global economy in the context of their local and regional realities and develop capacity to expand international trade and attract foreign investment.

  • Economic Development Leadership

    City leaders play a key role in economic development by establishing a locally-based vision and implementing this vision with coordinated public policies. NLC offers research on city economic conditions and resources on retail and downtown redevelopment, business attraction and retention, regional collaboration, public-private partnerships, and planning.