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Economic Development Journal - Fall 2018


The Changing Energy Landscape: The Trends and Future of Energy in America

by David Maahs, CEcD
The energy landscape in the United State is changing. Coal and nuclear energy are transitioning to oil and renewable energy of the future. How communities and economic development professionals adapt to these changes will determine their future success.


Advancing Economic Equity and Inclusion: How the City of Minneapolis Is Investing in Small Business Owners to Reduce Disparities and Grow the Local Economy

by Daniel Bonilla and Kate Svitavsky
The City of Minneapolis created the Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) in 2012 to facilitate economic development through creation, stabilization, and expansion of small businesses. B-TAP received IEDC's 2018 Gold Award for Economic Equity & Inclusion.


From Mall to Mixed Use: The Role of the Public Sector

by Larisa Ortiz and Heather Arnold
Many owners of legacy retail real estate assets are looking to alternative uses that push the envelope and embrace a mix in tenancy. The private and public sectors will increasingly come to rely on one another to address a host of complicated design, regulatory, and monetary hurdles that will differentiate successful projects from those that fail.


Innovation in Bethlehem: Anything but Run of the Mill

by Asher Schiavone
The Southside Bethlehem Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) in Bethlehem, PA, received IEDC's 2018 Gold Award for Partnerships with Educational Institutions. The KIZ works closely with Lehigh University and Northampton Community College to foster and attract innovative startup companies that drive economic development in the city and in the region.


Driving State Initiatives Through Partnerships Rooted in Collective Impact: A Partner's Perspective on Lessons Learned from Oklahoma's Statewide Initiative for Talent Pipeline Development

by Erin E. Risley-Baird, Ph.D.
Oklahoma Works is the state's talent pipeline development initiative designed to tackle the skills gap between what credentials and skills are available in the workforce today and what will be demanded by the economy in 2025.


The Impacts of Arts Events Venues on Smaller Downtowns: The Go-to Method Cannot Properly Assess Them

by N. David Milder
This article aims to help increase the understanding among downtown leaders and stakeholders and their EDOs in communities with populations under 25,000 about potential impacts that arts events venues can have on their districts. It also identifies the types of research techniques and data that should be used in assessing those impacts.


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