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Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission;
The Greater Philadelphia Economic Development Framework (Framework) was developed to satisfy provisions for a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Greater Philadelphia Region, encompassing portions of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. This document was developed according to provisions outlined in 13 CFR 303.7(c), Consideration of non- EDA funded CEDS, and was authored cooperatively with Select Greater Philadelphia and Ben Franklin Technology Partners. This Framework provides an overview of economic development in Greater Philadelphia, and includes a regional profile (including an historical overview, economic and demographic characteristics, the identification of 'distressed' communities as per EDA definition, and projected trends); a review of regional economic development organizations, programs, and resources; and summaries of key economic development documents, including numerous studies, reports, and analyses that have been developed over the last few years that provide insight into challenges and opportunities for economic growth in Greater Philadelphia. The report identifies regional economic development goals, objectives, and performance measures and includes a list of key economic development projects identified by the region's economic development and planning professionals as most likely to contribute towards meeting the identified goals and objectives.
Rural Sociological Society;
Community development and economic development in rural areas increasingly go hand in hand. Today, counterpoint to purely free market approaches to economic development -- in which large multinationals are the primary engines of change -- calls for more local decision-making and more locally based economic ventures. At the center of this new approach is strong community commitment to provide resources and information, overcome collective action problems, and improve the functioning of local labor markets. Enhancing community agency, or the capacity for collective action, therefore plays a significant role in effective community and economic development. Communities must focus on development both in communities (job creation, infrastructure improvement) and of communities (enhancing local problem-solving capacities). Kenneth Pigg and Ted Bradshaw, in their chapter in "Challenges for Rural America in the Twenty-First Century", outline a new model of community development, assembled from a collection of approaches. In this new "catalytic development" model, the emphasis is on mobilizing local talent and leveraging local resources and networks to find local solutions, and ultimately foster development in and of communities. This issue brief is a joint product of the Rural Sociological Society and the National Coalition for Rural Entrepreneurship, a collaboration of four Regional Rural Development Centers: The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, the Southern Rural Development Center, the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, and the Western Rural Development Center. Funding was also made available from the Ford Foundation. This brief is part of a policy brief series by the Rural Sociological Society and the Regional Rural Development Centers that stresses the importance of community collective action and developing the capacity of people and organizations to meet the community's needs The Rural Sociological Society and the Regional Rural Development Centers creates new Public Policy Issue Brief series based on its recent book, "Challenges for Rural America in the Twenty-First Century". The briefs synthesize the context and substance of important issues raised in the book and address alternative policy options, with the goal of bringing important research to the policy community.
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission;
The overall goal of this project is to foster communication, coordination and consistency between the goals and policies of the regional land use and transportation plans and economic development strategies among economic development and planning agency staff in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Berks, Mercer, Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties). The counties and municipalities of southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey have prepared comprehensive plans and adopted zoning ordinances to guide land use and development in their communities, including the need for expanded or improved sewer and water facilities and multi-modal transportation projects and services. Countywide economic development plans and action strategies have also been developed by various agencies, reflecting goals and policies to attract jobs and generate tax base growth, building upon current educational levels, worker skills and physical assets. A key context for this study is the requirement in the new Surface Transportation Act (SAFETEA-LU) calling for strengthened linkages between metropolitan planning organization land use and transportation plans and local economic development planning. The study includes an assessment of the context, participants and essential information for economic decision-making in the region. It informs planners about the organizations and structural relationships in place in the region where economic development planning occurs, and where that planning already interfaces with land use and transportation planning activities and programs. It also provides information about the economic development professionals in the region and their land use and transportation priorities. Priorities which have been incorporated into a set of key transportation investments and economic development and infrastructure projects that would help the region be a competitive player in the national and global marketplace in coming years. A key approach to help guide this assessment and the overall study was the establishment of a Land Use, Transportation and Economic Development (LUTED) data analysis, information-sharing and policy coordination forum and process. A process that supports a more integrated decision-making and information-sharing approach could serve as a coordinated planning template for pertinent state and local agencies in response to proposed economic development projects. LUTED will be an ongoing, outcome based effort in aligning DVPRC's planning and implementation activities and it will guide the region's investment strategy to achieve the vision and goals set forth by Connections 2035.
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission;
This report was created to satisfy provisions for a regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Greater Philadelphia. The report includes background demographic, economic, and land use data; identifies regional strengths, challenges, and opportunities; sets regional economic development goals and objectives; discusses community and private sector participation in the development and implementation of the CEDS; identifies key projects and activities designed to advance the CEDS goals and objectives; describes a plan of action for implementing the strategy; and identifies performance measures that will be tracked in future years to measure progress made toward achieving the regional goals. The regional CEDS was developed under the guidance of a Strategy Committee that includes representatives of the county planning and economic development agencies, regional economic development organizations, educational institutions, and the private sector.
Council of Development Finance Agencies;
The food system encompasses a highly diverse range of activities and interests that are deeply connected to every community in the United States, affecting local economies, public health, and environmental sustainability. Issues ranging from hunger to armland preservation to food waste have resulted from the current food system, and myriad food movements have formed around the world to address these issues. Significant financial barriers limit the growth and evolution of work in the food system, yet this arena holds great economic and community development potential.Considering all food-related endeavors as part of a broader 'system' is a more recent shift in thinking in the U.S. and there are still many ways the food system can be defined. In part because of this wide diversity and lack of clear definition, financing has been historically limited to many of the sectors connected to food. This paper makes the case for defining a food systems asset class that directs development finance to food-related activity, supporting the growth of a food system that is economically stimulating and provides community improvements.
As part of a three-year Race Forward project on racial equity in workforce development, Beyond Training and the "Skills Gap" – Research and Recommendations for Racially Equitable Communications in Workforce Development provides a broad picture forthe field's leaders and professionals of how the workers they serve – particularly workers ofcolor – are framed in the media coverage of jobs in two expanding, higher wage industries – technology and health care. The report also provides the workforce development field with practical tips for racially equitable communications to broaden the collective responsibility for employment and other economic outcomes in our communities.
The United States is shifting to an information economy. Productive capability is no longer completely dependent on capital and equipment; information and knowledge assets are increasingly important. The result is a new challenge to the practice of local economic development. In this information economy, success comes from harnessing the information and knowledge assets of a community and from helping local businesses succeed in the new environment. Knowledge Management (KM) can provide the tools to help economic development practitioners accomplish that task. KM is a set of techniques and tools to uncover and utilize information and knowledge assets -- especially tacit knowledge. Economic development organizations can use KM tools to enhance external communications of local companies including marketing and to promote internal communications within local businesses and help companies capture tacit knowledge. More importantly, they can use those tools to uncover and develop local intellectual assets, including helping develop information products, and helping identify entrepreneurial and business opportunities. KM tools are also useful in developing local economic clusters. Finally, these tools can be used to enhance external knowledge sharing among the economic development community and to capture and share tacit knowledge within an economic development organization.
Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York;
This paper is based on the premise that local populations? engagement in development processes is a key factor to increase chances of sustainable economic and social development. In this context, we present collaboration with community philanthropy organizations as a viable strategy for international development organizations to engage civil society in the advancement and sustainability of development goals. This is done by presenting an overview of the development sector, as well as the added-value of community philanthropy. Then practical lessons and challenges are drawn from stories of different community philanthropy and international development organizations that have experience working together.
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity;
In April 2014, a convening of national housing equity experts was hosted in Jacksonville, Florida by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. The convening's purpose was to gain insight from national stakeholders on affordable housing and equitable development challenges and opportunities in Jacksonville. From this two-day engagement, a number of major challenges and opportunities facing Jacksonville's housing development were clearly identified. Two of these findings directly inform this research effort.First, to meet the needs of Jacksonville's marginalized communities, an intentional focus on equity must stay at the forefront of community housing and development strategies. Second, if equity-focused development efforts are better aligned with health and/or educational stakeholders, affordable housing and equitable development could blossom in Jacksonville.Stable and affordable housing is essential to educational success and positive health outcomes for families and for communities. While the linkage between housing and educational and health outcomes is clear, educational and health stakeholders have not traditionally been deeply engaged in meeting housing need. Emerging initiatives across the country are countering this disengagement, demonstrating the important role that anchor institutions can play in supporting local housing needs. Community anchor institutions, such as educational entities (particularly higher education) and health care organizations can be powerful institutional resources to support equitable housing and community development. Throughout the nation, successful anchor institute-led housing interventions have been transformational in addressing community housing needs and community revitalization. These efforts have been most effective when equity goals are integrated into the design and implementation of anchor institute-led housing efforts.The following report provides select case studies with a strong social equity focus and comparability to Jacksonville. We identify lessons learned and summarize models which can be equally transformative in Jacksonville from these case studies. We also draw upon recent research and scholarship, and our own interviews with experts and practitioners. The goal of providing these lessons learned and model practices is to help inform, and potentially engage, various anchor institutes in Jacksonville -- organizations with resources that could help meet community housing needs and support equitable community development. This could help strengthen social, educational, economic and health outcomes for all of Jacksonville, including its most vulnerable residents.
Regional Economic Communities are the building blocks of the African Union. The 1980 Lagos Plan of Action for the Development of Africa and the Abuja Treaty of 1991 establishing the African Economic Community provide the framework for Africa's overall economic integration.Given the relatively low level of literacy and exposure among their populations, the movement towards people-driven Regional Economic Communities is only achievable with the intervention and participation of civil society organizations acting as a bridge between the Regional Economic Communities and the peoples of their regions.This publication presents a guide for civil society actors interested in the work of the East African Community, the Economic Community of West African States, and the Southern African Development Community.
Cleveland State University Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs;
Foundation Center in Cleveland, in partnership with Cleveland State University, the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, and the George Gund Foundation, with additional support from the Unger Family Foundation, is pleased to present this report on economic development grantmaking in Ohio for the period 2002 to 2012. This 10-year spotlight examines the funding priorities of large private and community foundations that have engaged in supporting economic development in Ohio during the pre- and post-recessionary period. This report is the third in a series of briefs examining foundation grantmaking in the area of economic development.