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Economic Development Journal - Summer 2013

The Future of Jobs
by Jon M. Roberts
The future of jobs is a profound question, one that has enormous social and economic consequences. And one that is at the core of the practice of economic development. By looking both at history (“the past of jobs”) and the current dynamics of individuals and corporations (“the now of jobs”) we can build a platform for which to look to the future.
Tags: Business Climate, Workforce

Boston's Back Streets: Supporting Urban Industrial
by Lisa M. Hemmerle, CPA
Boston’s light industrial companies provide living wage jobs for its inner city residents and large immigrant population. Through innovative policy solutions, the Boston Redevelopment Authority is guarding against the erosion of this important sector.
Tags: Manufacturing, Real Estate and Revitalization

Promoting Economic Development Through Foreign Direct Investment: The Pros and Cons of Becoming and Running an EB-5 Regional Center
by Rod Crider, CEcD, CCE
As communities look to provide creative financing tools to spur economic growth, more are considering use of the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5,” which allows foreigners to gain permanent residency in the United States by making an investment in a project which creates American jobs.
Tags: Finance, Federal, Real Estate and Revitalization

E-Marketing: How EDOs Can Help Independent Downtown Merchants Engage Effectively in E-Marketing
by N. David Milder
EDOs can facilitate effective small merchant online activities by helping them understand and use a simple analytical process.
Tags: Downtown, Innovation and Technology

Brownfield Redevelopments: Stop Bypassing This Opportunity to Revitalize a Central Business District
by Gary Bartek
This article focuses on the successful efforts in Leavenworth, Kansas, to redevelop a deteriorating downtown industrial property on a city block in the central business district. It offers lessons learned and tips for success for other communities considering the prospect of brownfield redevelopment.
Tags: Real Estate and Revitalization, Sustainability

When the Lights Go Out: Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure
by John A. Adams, Jr., Ph.D., CEcD
No longer is the realm of cyber threats left only to the IT experts. In today’s connected world, the economic development community needs to have a heightened awareness of how cyber-attacks can impact the safety and security of their communities and regions.
Tags: Innovation and Technology, Sustainability

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