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Economic Development

Economic development is the engine that helps cities grow successfully. Whether it’s promoting an environment where small businesses can thrive, supporting more and better employment opportunities, or offering improved amenities to current and prospective residents and businesses, we have a wealth of resources and strategies you can rely upon.

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  • CitiesSpeak

As part of our efforts to promote professional development among city leaders, each week we'll be featuring a new TED Talk focused on cities, community issues or local government. This week's featured talk is particularly relevant.

As this…

  • CitiesSpeak

The advanced industry sector represents a potential source of great economic prosperity for cities – but only if city leaders can invest in its vitality.

According to a recent report published by the Brookings Institution, “Advanced…

manufacturing
manufacturing
  • CitiesSpeak

These are the key recommendations to help your city grow the maker movement.

This is an excerpt from NLC’s report, The Maker Movement. The report was created in partnership with the Department of Public Administration and…

carpentry
carpentry
  • CitiesSpeak

NLC's Sustainable Cities Institute has partnered with The Solar Foundation to provide national recognition and no-cost technical support for local governments to promote solar energy.

This is a guest post by Phillip Haddix.

The…

Solar panels
Solar panels
  • CitiesSpeak

Cities need to innovate. They need to develop new instruments, intermediaries, and institutions to supercharge partnerships with the private and civic sector.

This is a guest post by Bruce Katz. This post is based on remarks given to the…

hamburg
hamburg
  • CitiesSpeak

The city of Austin has set out to create the prototype for how communities of the future compete in a global marketplace.

With a fast growing tech economy and population, the city of Austin is a hotbed of growth and innovation well on its…

austin skyline
austin skyline
  • CitiesSpeak

The city of Newark, New Jersey, has a strategy for historic preservation, multi-sector partnership, and the creation of new residential mixed-use development in the heart of downtown.

Is historic preservation only…

skyline
skyline
  • CitiesSpeak

Our monthly roundup of the latest news in economic development filtered through a city-focused lens. Reading something interesting? Share it with @robbins617.

Regional Economic Development is…

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Presentation
  • CitiesSpeak

With a new approach, anchor institutions have the ability to accelerate economic development priorities and reshape their hometowns for the better. This is a guest post by Neil Kleiman. Anchor institutions — colleges, universities and hospitals…

  • Case Studies & Practices

What goals were the initiatives designed to address?

Even before the Great Recession, this community was experiencing a weakening economy due to a loss of middle income residents and the departure of major national retail…