About the Report

The Role of Local Elected Officials in Economic Development was the result of a partnership between the National League of Cities Center for Research and Innovation and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). IEDC staff was instrumental in facilitating a series of input sessions with economic development officials during their conferences in October 2009 and February 2010. IEDC staff also reviewed the guide and provided constructive feedback. NLC also recognizes the direct input and guidance provided by members of IEDC, members of NLC's CityFutures Panel on Community and Regional Development, and other local officials.

About the National League of Cities

The National League of Cities is the nation's oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for more than 1,600 member cities and the 49 state municipal leagues, representing 19,000 cities and towns and more than 218 million Americans.

Through its Center for Research and Innovation, NLC provides research and analysis on key topics and trends important to cities, creative solutions to improve quality of life in communities, inspiration and ideas for local officials to use in tackling tough issues, and opportunities for city leaders to connect with peers, share experiences, and learn about innovative approaches in cities.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the premier membership organization dedicated to helping economic development professionals create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions.  Serving more than 4,600 members, IEDC represents the largest network of economic development professionals in the world.  IEDC provides a diverse range of services, including conferences, certification, professional development, publications, research, advisory services and legislative tracking.

About the Authors

Christiana McFarland is the director of the Finance and Economic Development Program in the Center for Research and Innovation at the National League of Cities. Katie Seeger is senior associate in the Finance and Economic Development Program. Caitlin Geary, finance and economic development intern, also contributed to the guide.

William Woodwell and Lara Malakoff, NLC senior program associate for outreach, provided editorial assistance, and Alexander Clarke, NLC manager of creative design and production, designed and managed the production of the report.