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Economic Development Journal - Winter 2019


Fresno County Economic Development Corporation's New Employment Opportunities Program

by Lee Ann Eager and Delfino Neira
The Fresno County Economic Development Corporation and the County of Fresno's Department of Social Services took an unconventional step by partnering together on the New Employment Opportunities Expanded Subsidized Employment (NEO) program. The NEO program received IEDC's Gold Award for Business Retention and Expansion Programs of Three or More Years.


Early Childhood Development as Economic Development

by Rob Grunewald
Investments in early childhood development (ECD) programs can have a substantial impact on economic development and children's future. Economic development officials and business leaders can play key roles in helping expand access to high-quality ECD programs.


Communicating Across Generations

by Sandy Sponaugle
This article explores different examples of organizations that were targeting millennials and Gen Zs. It also looks at examples in traditional economic development where organizations need to reach a more mature generation. Interviews with six economic developers are featured throughout the article. Key strategies provide inspiration for more effective communications across the board.


Capitalizing on Outdoor Recreation

by Rebecca Engum
Outdoor recreation is multi-faceted and encompasses activities, events, and businesses that support people being active outside. Economies can be strengthened by capitalizing on outdoor recreation for non-resident travel, entrepreneurship opportunities, and quality of life focused workforce and business recruitment.


From Global to Local

by Courtney Hendricson
State, regional, and local economic developers must recognize that international recruitment efforts are unsuccessful when local infrastructure is not fully supportive. Using Connecticut as a case study, this article addresses the importance of building local and regional economic development capacity and leveraging your assets and international and domestic business recruitment activities.


Accelerating American Rural Economic Development

by James P. Gibson, CEcD
Recognizing that rural economic development practitioners not only face a difficult work environment, but regulatory rules also present challenges. This article shares the author's perspective in improving the rural community development process.


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