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Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 03-91

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In Management Policies in Local Finance, 5th ed., edited by Richard J. Aronson and Eli Schwartz. Washington, D.C.: International City/County Management Association, 2004, pp. 355-390. Under title Economic Development




This chapter seeks to provide useful advice for local government policy towards economic development programs. The chapter: reviews the size and scope of local economic development programs in the United States; critically analyzes the various rationales offered for these programs; makes recommendations for what local policy should do about business attraction and incentives, business retention, new business development, high technology development, brownfield development, distressed neighborhoods, and downtowns; and discusses how local economic development programs should be organized, managed, and evaluated.

Issue Date

January 2003

Subject Areas

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; Local labor markets; Regional policy and planning; Business and tax incentives


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Bartik, Timothy J. 2003. "Local Economic Development Policies." Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 03-91. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. https://doi.org/10.17848/wp03-91