This easy-to-read book was designed to give public officials, development professionals, and civic leaders the tools they need to contribute to the economic growth and revitalization of their communities.
The book begins with an overview of the field of economic development with a brief discussion of basic definitions and concepts. It touches on how the field is organized, the professions of economic development, and the ways in which economic development contributes to improving the quality of life in local communities and regions.
Detailed chapters focus on business retention and expansion, business attraction and marketing, workforce expansion and training, real estate development, finance and capital investment, neighborhood improvement, and fostering entrapreneurship.
To create this book, author Daniel M. Johnson has drawn on his experience as president of the University of Toledo, where he made economic development part of the mission of university, as well as work he has done throughout his career in Illinois, Virginia, Texas, Alaska, and Dubai.
This is an excellent primer for those new to the field and for more experienced practitioners who want to become more successful at cultivating economic growth in the communities they serve.