SCAG Toolbox Tuesday: Economic Development for Planners

Economic Development for Planners

The purpose of this session will be to expose city planners and economic redevelopment staff throughout the region to a more holistic approach to economic development. A panel of expert consultants will discuss how planners, can think strategically about the kind of community their city has the potential of becoming, rather than looking at piecemeal tactics for revitalizing under-used parcels. The session will examine tools that are available to planners to develop a complete picture of their local community’s job base.

In addition, Bill Fulton will join the panel and discuss his new book ROMANCING THE SMOKESTACK: HOW CITIES AND STATES PURSUE PROSPERITY, a collection of economic development articles that covers these questions – and reveals the good, the bad, and the ugly about how economic development is practiced in the United States. A broad range of questions will be addressed, amongst them: how did Federal Express decide to locate at the Memphis Airport? Why is China also losing manufacturing jobs? Do artists really help turn around a struggling neighborhood? What should you do with a declining auto mall – save it or let it die and start over again? What’s better – subsidizing a business or subsidizing the infrastructure such a business requires? These are the kinds of questions that cities and states deal with all the time in their economic development.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Replacing LOS: Experts Debate How CA Should Measure Transpo Impacts

|
California planning experts continue to debate how to most effectively measure transportation impacts in a way that will foster smarter growth, after the state abandoned the car-centric metric known as Level of Service (LOS). The acronym-laden process of measuring transportation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) may be complex and wonky, but it’s certainly important. In […]

City and Residents Debate Fate of Lot at 1st and Boyle

|
“Dots are not a very democratic way to do things.” If there was a message Boyle Heights residents wanted to send to the city regarding their community outreach process last night, that seemed to be it. They were referring to the colored stickers planners often ask residents to use to signal their planning priorities. In […]

Walkable Regions as a Economic Strategy

|
The purpose of the session is to introduce elected officials, city staff, and planners, to the economic value of walkable and bikeable communities. It will answer the questions: How do the built environment and human activity impact economic, social and ecological value? Why should cities and counties invest transportation and development dollars into bicycle and […]