Sunday, February 19, 2006
In Albany, the Center for Economic Growth is undertaking a new initiative to study the costs of growth for the region. It is an important undertaking. Different patterns of physical growth in a region, not surprisingly, create different costs (and different pressures for tax revenues).
The Center will frame the work by using scenarios. The study will enable citizens in the region to talk meaningfully about the different trajectories of growth. Read more.
Scenario planning works effectively with complex physical planning issues. If you're interested in this approach, you might explore a visualization software which enables a community to visualize different growth scenarios. Learn more.
Another important strategy in growth management focuses on developing consensus on the principles of growth. This site from the Kansas City region reflects this approach.
If you are interested in the costs of sprawl, here's a report to get you started.
posted by Ed Morrison |
Some Background on EDPro Weblog
The purpose of this weblog is to help economic development professionals -- EDPros -- keep up with the changes sweeping our profession. Strap on your goggles. It's a whole new game. There are no experts any more. The only place to learn about economic development is from other EDPros who are doing it.
One other point: the prevaling approach (paradigm, if you like) in economic development is shifting from competition to collaboration. There are a lot of reaasons underlying this shift, but here's the important insight: You, your community, and your region will do better by collaborating and sharing information.
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Speaking and workshops on Open Source Economic Development
As the idea of Open Source Economic Development starts spreading, more people are asking about it. Visit the I-Open web site to learn more. My colleagues and I are happy to explain the basic concepts in a talk or a workshop. E-mail Susan Alshuler if you'd like to learn more about workshops and speaking.
Background on Ed Morrison
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