Forum Materials: New Approaches to Regional Economic Development Planning

Posted on: June 17th, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

On June 11-12, 2013, the National Association of Development Organizations, in conjunction with the National Association of Counties (http://www NULL.naco, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (http://www NULL.hud, and the Delta Regional Authority (http://www NULL.dra, hosted the “Growing Stronger in the Delta” forum in Memphis, Tennessee.  This event provided training and peer learning opportunities for participants to learn how to grow stronger, healthier, more equitable communities in the Delta, driven by economic development strategies based on unique competitive advantages.

Increasingly, regions and communities are moving from traditional economic development approaches centered on business recruitment to new strategies that preserve and strengthen their unique assets, capitalize on their competitive advantages, and enhance wealth and quality of life for residents. This session walked through a process to create an economic development blueprint that builds on current and emerging regional strengths. Topics included developing a vision and goals, identifying clusters, addressing economic leaks, discovering assets, and using land use tools to support economic development.   Click the links below to download presentations (PDF).


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