Leading Economic Development: A Toolkit for Public Officials and City Leaders


6″ x 9″, softcover, 280 pages,
The University of Toledo Press.

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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.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Orientation and Concepts

  • First things first: The big picture of economic development
  • Economic clusters and cluster analysis

Part 2: Processes Impacting Economic Development

  • Globalization: Building a platform for participation
  • Branding your region and city for creating economic success
  • Developing, attracting and retaining talent: Workforce development
  • Financing incentives in economic development

Part 3: Relationships, Partnerships, and Collaboration

  • The role of universities and higher education in economic development
  • The role of local government in economic development
  • The role of industry and the private sector in economic development

Part 4: The Future of Economic Development

  • Social Networking and economic development
  • Economic development in the knowledge-based economy
  • Ethics in economic development

Part 5: Conclusion


Read the Introduction

About the Author

Daniel M. Johnson has served in higher education leadership positions for more than 30 years, during which he fostered collaborations and partnerships between his universities, government, and industry.

The book draws on his experience not only as president of the University of Toledo where he made economic development part of the mission of the academy, but also work he has done throughout his career in Illinois, Virginia, Texas, Alaska, and Dubai.

Author Presentation


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“Dan Johnson reinforces in this book that economic development is much more than financial incentives. It is about connecting your distinctive assets of people, place, and opportunity.

Lee Fisher, former Ohio Lt. Governor and President of CEOs for Cities.