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Economic Development Journal - Winter 2016


A Model-Setting Approach for Putting High Barrier Individuals to Work in Metro Atlanta: Fostering Economic Development at the Most Personal Level

by Joy Wilkins, CEcD
In 2011, Goodwill of North Georgia, Inc. and partners launched an intensive suite of services to help individuals overcome significant barriers to employment. These services were delivered through a program known as GoodTransitions that took place from July 2011 to June 2015 through funding provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.


Labor Economics Information and Data: Removing the Fear of Locating Rural

by Christine Chmura, Ph.D.
For many economic developers, providing evidence that their region has the number of workers with particular skills needed for expanding firms is a challenge. It is particularly challenging in rural or remote areas where the labor force is relatively small.


Public Spaces Community Places - A Crowdfunding Initiative: Adding "Human Touch" Is Transforming Michigan Communities

by Katharine Czarnecki
IEDC recognized the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's Public Spaces Community Places program with the gold Public Private Partnership Award. The first program of its kind in the country, PSCP is a crowdfunding initiative that helps communities, non-profit organizations, and other business entities raise money for various projects with the common goal of activating public spaces.


Make It. MSP. - Creating a Talent Start-up: Using the Lean Start-up Method to Launch a New Talent Retention and Attraction Initiative in Minneapolis-Saint Paul

by Peter Frosch
The MSP region is working to build on a tradition of successfully developing workers with a new talent retention and attraction initiative. GREATER MSP, the regional economic development partnership, built a new initiative called Make It. MSP. by taking a lesson from the tech sector.


Columbus Commons: The Evolution from a Desolate Mall to a Premier Park

by Amy Taylor
The leadership in Columbus, Ohio, faced an important question in 2007...what to do with an underutilized enclosed mall that took up nine acres in the heart of downtown. Could the site be repurposed? How could it be reengaged in the neighborhood that had developed around it? The transformation from City Center Mall to Columbus Commons is an urban success story.


The Importance of Affordable Housing to Economic Competitiveness: Thinking Critically About the Challenges

by David Schwartz
Nationally, housing costs continue to escalate faster than incomes, creating a wide spectrum of affordability and quality-of-life problems. Not only are there challenges in dealing with the problem and its supply and demand circumstances, but there are challenges in avoiding the consequences that exacerbate problems and deteriorate a community's economic competitiveness.


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