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1 Overview: What is Economic Development Planning? and is it more than simply smoke-stack chasing? Prof. Scott Campbell Urban Planning 539 University of Michigan

2 Local economic development refers to the process in which local governments or community-based (neighborhood) organizations engage to stimulate or maintain business activity and/or employment. The principal goal of local economic development is to stimulate local employment opportunities in sectors that improve the community using existing human, natural, and institutional resources. Source: Blakely, Edward J and Ted K Bradshaw. 2002. Planning Local Economic Development Theory and Practice: Third Edition. Sage. Page xvi.

3 What is Economic Development? No single definition incorporates all of the different strands of economic development. Typically economic development can be described in terms of objectives. These are most commonly described as the creation of jobs and wealth, and the improvement of quality of life. Economic development can also be described as a process that influences growth and restructuring of an economy to enhance the economic well being of a community. In the broadest sense, economic development encompasses three major are as: Policies that government undertakes to meet broad economic objectives including inflation control, high employment and sustainable growth. Policies and programs to provide services including building highways, managing parks and providing medical access to the disadvantaged. Policies and programs explicitly directed at improving the business climate through specific efforts, business finance, marketing, neighborhood development, business retention and expansion, technology transfer, real estate development and others. The main goal of economic development is improving the economic well being of a community through efforts that entail job creation, job retention, tax base enhancements and quality of life. As there is no single definition for economic development, the re is no single strategy, policy or program for achieving successful economic development. Communities differ in their geographic and political strengths and weaknesses. Each community therefore, will have a unique set of challenges for economic development.

4 Defining Economic DevelopmentDefining Economic Development - from the Economic Development Administration (EDA), part of the US Dept. of Commerce Economic development is fundamentally about enhancing the factors of productive capacity - land, labor, capital, and technology - of a national, state or local economy. By using its resources and powers to reduce the risks and costs which could prohibit investment, the public sector often has been responsible for setting the stage for employment-generating investment by the private sector. The public sector generally seeks to increase incomes, the number of jobs, and the productivity of resources in regions, states, counties, cities, towns, and neighborhoods. Its tools and strategies have often been effective in enhancing a community's: labor force (workforce preparation, accessibility, cost); infrastructure (accessibility, capacity, and service of basic utilities, as well as transportation and telecommunications); business and community facilities (access, capacity, and service to business incubators, industrial/technology/science parks, schools/community colleges/universities, sports/tourist facilities); environment (physical, psychological, cultural, and entrepreneurial); economic structure (composition); and institutional capacity (leadership, knowledge, skills) to support economic development and growth.

5 Definitions That Address Equity and Sustainability Economic development policymakers and practitioners who are concerned about economically disadvantaged and depressed communities highlight some different issues when they define economic development. Community economic development or CED typically has five goals: Stimulating a self-sustaining process of economic development (the dynamic and rate of development); Creating jobs at acceptable wages, with appropriate benefits and career ladders for area residents (the distribution of development); Producing goods and services that meet social needs, like affordable housing, lowered energy costs, better health care, and accessible day care (the composition of development); Establishing greater community control, accountability, and participation in basic economic decisions such as hiring, investment, and location (the control of development); and Broadening business and asset ownership within poor and ethnic minority communities.


7 What is Economic Development Planning? Two themes: 1. understanding urban and regional economies (geography, history, economics, sociology, etc.) Why do some cities grow and others decline? Why is there persistent inequality across space (race, gender, class)? …despite all ideas to the contrary? 2. Intervention: How is it done? Why and how is intervention justified? (and when not?) What are the consequences? How can we evaluate it? (planning, policy, evaluation) In other words: 1.Why do some communities thrive why others struggle? 2.What can and should one do about it?

8 A typology of skills and materials for the course

9 Finding the balance between the big picture of structural economic change and the idiosyncrasies and minutiae of ED programs. Flint Sitdown Strike, 1936-37

10 Synthesis? Perhaps Anthony Giddens’ “structuration” [link]:[link]: The interaction between social structure and human action.

11 How is Local ED different from the traditional study of economics? »Don’t assume perfectly functioning markets (and their prerequisites) --that is, the parameters (starting assumptions) of economics are the variables of urban planning »Space is not reduced to transportation costs (“friction of distance”) »More local/place based E.g., local trade, local/regional product, etc. »More applied, hands-on, eclectic »More interventionist

12 The Role and Experience of Local Economic Development within the Field of Urban and Regional Planning 1.Understanding how economic development is both an integral part of urban planning but also deviates in certain areas, such as: Defining the public interest The relationship between the public and private sectors, and one’s willingness to work within the market, be entrepreneurial and/or pragmatic. Tools used Where one stands on the equity versus efficiency debate Where one stands on the policy intervention versus market incentive debate


14 2.Understanding this relationship through the history of urban planning as a profession The shift to the social sciences away from architecture The history of housing reform and social activism in planning The roots in the New Deal, and Depression-era priorities on job creation and poverty. The difficulty of helping the physical neighborhood without helping its economy. The shift away from government programs making economic development more entrepreneurial, more involved in public- private partnerships, in business-like tools, etc.

15 3.the frustration of the field hard to know if serving the public interest, or just business -- is one giving away more than necessary to effect change? Limited resources to tackle massive, complex problems hard to just the impacts of the work inefficiencies of the programs often difficult to generalize (or clearly define reproducible “best practices”) Skepticism from some others in the field (e.g., environmentalists, community activists) (can it be otherwise? Can it be made more a science? Or because planners are but one player with limited tools in a complex, open-ended politicized effort, the process will invariably be more complex.)

16 4. But also the rewards Creating jobs for people in need; Helping those who fall between the cracks of the market Stimulating other planning benefits: such as more resources for street projects, housing, etc. Often other planning tools (land use, urban design, transportation, etc.) can only work well if the economic development tools are in place Addressing the huge inequality that is place-based: city suburb, urban rural, north south, 1 st vs. 3 rd world.

17 Optional slides – skip forward to survey

18 Twenty Really Useful Concepts in Understanding Local Economic Development agglomeration economy cumulative causation vs. equilibrium models cyclical versus structural change deindustrialization equity vs. efficiency Externalities (both positive and negative) “leaky bucket” theory of money flows in local economies globalization growth vs. development innovation (process versus product) linkages (forward and backward) location theory market failure multiplier (and basic vs. non-basic employment) opportunity costs public-private partnerships spatial division of labor supply-side vs. demand-side approaches value added zero-sum game



21 historical evolution of the field from not part of planning, to one specialization, and for some even another step: as an integral part of planning or even as a new core of planning (though this likely a minority view). Recent roots: dealing with deindustrialization, the retreat by the government in traditional urban renewal funding; the need for partnerships and public-private entrepreneurship; persistent income inequalities; global competition and the great pressures on communities; a blurring of public and private roles (so that the public sector sees economic activity as more of its domain).

22 THEMES by Era (partial list): 1930sKeynesian New Deal policies to stimulate demand and create jobs 1940swartime mobilization and postwar adjustment, conversion of military capacity; deconstruction of New Deal policy interventions 1950sindustrial expansion; suburbanization; highway building; Cold War; anti-communism taints planning; US dominant in the world market. 1960sbeginning of the structural crisis; early days of deindustrialization; white flight from cities; 1970splant closures (and legislation); the rise of services. 1980shigh tech, flexible specialization, post-Fordism; Sunbelt over Frostbelt; public-private partnerships; post Great Society downsizing of government. 1990sglobalization; capacity building; entrepreneurship; boom in construction; high-tech expansion; biotech 2000sneo-liberalism; sustainability; rise of China; Internet commerce; financial crisis; housing crisis

23 ComponentFirst WaveSecond WaveThird Wave Location assetsDiscount them to attract outside business Reduce taxes and provide incentives to all businesses Build regional collaboration Business focusOutside firmsAssist all local firms Create context for better relations among firms Human resources Create jobs for local unemployed people Develop training programs Utilize workforce training to build businesses Community Base Physical resources Social and physical resources Leadership and development of quality environment Three Waves of Economic Development Source: Blakely, Edward J and Ted K Bradshaw. 2002. Planning Local Economic Development Theory and Practice: Third Edition. Sage. Page 45: Table 2.3

24 Another historical view…. Fitzgerald, Joan and Nancey Green Leigh. 2002. Economic Revitalization: Cases and Strategies for City and Suburb. Sage. pp. 10-26 PHASESelective characteristics 1. State Industrial Recruitment (starting in the 1930s) Create good business climate (taxes, loans, infrastructure, etc.) “greasing the skids” for business corporatist paradigm 2. Political Critiques of Local Economic Development Activity (starting in the late 1960s) Focus on who is paying and who benefits. ED actors as political agents political economic analysis critique of “smokestack chasing” recognition of tension between footloose capital and communities 3. Entrepreneurialism and Equity StrategiesTwo separate movements: Promoting high tech (mimic Silicon Valley) and pushing equity/redistribution (e.g., Mayor Harold Washington’s initiatives in Chicago, 1980s). 4. Sustainability with JusticeBalancing economic development, social justice and environmentalism. Brownfield development. 5. Privatization and InterdependenceMarket solutions (e.g., Michael Porter’s competitive inner cities) and regional/metropolitan strategies.

25 Multiple Strategies and... Boosterism, Place Marketing Investing in comparative advantages Human capital development Developing markets Creating clusters, agglomeration economies Infrastructure (physical, technical, social) Smokestack chasing, Business attraction: taxes, etc. Partnerships Multiple Goals Employment Higher wages Lower poverty Reduce inequality Increase human capital Increase living conditions Job attraction and retainment Capacity building Increase multipliers Sustainable growth

26 Survey results…


28 3.Please list any work-related experiences with economic development:  As a Consultant at Deloitte, I worked on a project and paper for the Ohio Department of Development. I designed, administrated and analyzed the results of a survey and assisted in running focus groups to determine emerging industries in each of Ohio's geographic regions.  Federal Reserve Bank - regional study of Biotech industry in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Houston corridor.  For a summer I was an intern for MSU Extension in the area of economic development. In this position I largely supported the office director as she managed several local economic development projects.  Housing Counselor, Internship in Sri Lanka w/ a community development corporation that did small business development with refugees.  I don't have any work-related experience directly related to economic development, however, I spent 3 years teaching in an inner-city low resource school in Houston, Texas and therefore was made very aware of economic issues involving large urban cities and particularly how these issues affect housing development, land use, and obviously education.  I worked for the City of Chicago Dept. of Planning and Development as an intern for 2 years from 1999-2001. My main duties were related to land use planning, but I was also able to work on the creation of a TIF.  Industrial policy analysis of Pearl River Delta, Economic Strategy of Jing-Jin-Ji Region  Interned at a private economic consulting firm where I did research for clients around economic development issues.  Internships with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (the city\'s quasi-public, primary economic development agency) and the Department of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Saint Paul, MN.

29 Q4: Please note your knowledge of these methods/topics below. no experienceSome experience extensive

30 house - block - neighborhood - city - region - nation-state - continent - globe 10 1 10 2 10 3 10 4 10 5 10 6 10 7 10 8 10 0 Meters (log scale)


32 Q6: What is your interest in the following topics? None modest significant very strong

33 7.Please list any other economic development topics (social challenges, policy questions, theoretical questions) that you would like addressed in the course.  Career opportunities/strategies in the field of local economic development.  Economic issues/conflicts involving inner ring lower income communities and growing communities in developing and high resource regions.  How do we integrate environmental sustainability into economic development efforts? How do we enable city/business leaders to realized that green/sustainability has a greater payoff in terms of return on investment? (Can we show this is true?)  I'm interested in hearing more about the economic research involved to coax business interests into a neighborhood. A friend working for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation related one of her projects to me in which she had to make a case for grocers to move into neighborhoods where there were no food markets within walking distance (aside from quik marts in gas stations). Generally, my interests lie in Detroit development issues.  Unconventional economic development ideas. Not merely limited to the basic strategies of sports stadiums, workforce development, or convention centers.  variation in success/failure of econ development strategies at different points in the business cycle  Innovative ways of working between government and business to propel economic development - Including examples of programs and cities nationally or internationally that have successful economic development strategies and why - Career opportunities in economic development - Mid-career training/ \"retraining\" programs for workforce - Integration of education policy and economic development policy

34 In-class small group exercise Form groups of 4-6 students and discuss and answer these questions: 1.Identify at least 3 ways that local economies differ from national economies 1.What are the implications of your answer to Q1 on how localities and regions can and should respond differently to the current economic crisis? 1.Complete the following sentence: “The Southeast Michigan economy, currently suffering from the near-collapse of the auto industry, high unemployment, stagnant population growth and depressed housing values, will experience a resurgence in growth and vitality in the coming years only if _____________________”.

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