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Economic Development Journal - Summer 2006

Corporate America Speaks: Best Places and Best Practices in Economic Development Marketing
by Andy Levine
The fourth in a series of surveys of U.S. business executives and their advisors conducted by Development Counsellors International offers insights into how Corporate America makes site selection decisions today.
Tags: Strategy Data and Analysis, International

The Office/Industrial Land Dilemma: A Study of the Blackstone River Corridor in Massachusetts
by Zenia Kotval and John Mullin
Analyzes the key factors that are influencing industrial land use decisions and provides recommendations to assist local officials throughout the country.
Tags: Federal, Real Estate and Revitalization

What Is the Local Wal-Mart Effect?: An Analysis of the Research
by Michael J. Hicks, Ph.D.
What does the best research say about Wal-Mart’s impact on local economies? This article describes appropriate study designs and argues that there is need for more local evaluation of Wal-Mart, using a more sophisticated approach than is commonly employed for analyzing local impacts.
Tags: Rural Development, Quality of Life

Benchmarking the Creative Class at the Local Level: A Case Study of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area
by Terry Holzheimer, Ph.D., CEcD, AICP
Provides a simple methodology for comparing regions, counties, and cities across the nation, benchmarking them against the criteria that Richard Florida uses in his book, The Rise of the Creative Class.
Tags: Economic Development Organizations, Analysis and Impacts

Griffiss Business and Technology Park: Successful Redevelopment of a Military Installation Supports a New Regional Vision
by Rob Duchow
In 2000 and 2004, the work at Griffiss earned Developer of the Year awards from the National Association of Installation Developers, now called the Association of Defense Communities. New industrial development at Griffiss is leading a regional economic revival.
Tags: Manufacturing, Business Retention and Expansion

Growing Small and Medium-Size Enterprises Through Partnerships: REI of Oklahoma
by Patricia W. Pool, Tom Seth Smith, and Michael D. Woods
Describes the evolution of Rural Enterprises Incorporated of Oklahoma (REI) from a regional organization to a statewide economic development engine.
Tags: US Economy, Economic Recovery, Workforce

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