Comprehensive, realistic, and easy-to-use, The Community Economic Development Handbook is just what you need to turn a neighborhood or business district around.
Author Mihailo Temali has distilled over twenty years of experience in community-based economic development into this practical, jargon-free handbook which describes a proven way to make any community a better place to live and work.
Temali focuses on what he calls a “pivot point strategy” to start or expand economic development. The four pivot points are:
- Revitalizing your commercial district
- Developing microbusinesses
- Developing your community workforce
- Growing neighborhood jobs.
Temali explains how to choose your first pivot point, then guides you through the process of tackling each one.
Stories of successful community economic development provide inspiration. Sidebars explore related issues such as dealing with gentrification, finding potential partners, supporting microentrepreneurs, and more. Professionals share their insights from the field. And appendices point you toward useful resources, show you how to use the Internet to research your regional economy, and include dozens of worksheets that will help you put the material in the book into action.