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The search is on for the next urban innovation

By Beth Dowd, ICIC

Do you have an idea that will spark an urban evolution?

Whether you’re an elected official, a professional planner, private-sector employer, or a general urban enthusiast, you’ve probably noted opportunities for cities to conquer a variety of economic challenges. You may even be able to finish this sentence: “This city would be even better if people would just work together to…”

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Testing tactics for heritage tourism

By Clark Hoskin

Over the years, our economic development office has tried very hard to promote heritage as part of the tourism product offering. Hopefully our latest try — leveraging the power of a popular folk band — will get tourists to visit us and celebrate our musical legends.

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Vacant land inventory: Are basic tools being overlooked?

By Darren Shock

How much vacant industrial or employment land does your municipality have? Simple question, but it’s surprising how difficult it can be to answer. It’s not as though it’s an uncommon question. Investors and existing businesses might ask you, as they look at whether or not they can find space for new construction, expansion, or relocation. Communities themselves may ask it as they start to look at whether they have the resources to accommodate the growth they want. There always seems to be an anecdotal answer. Something like: ‘Well, there’s about 200 acres, mostly in the South end…’

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Review: Turnaround

By Brock Dickinson

In an era when the tribulations of Greece, Spain and Cyprus dominate our financial news, and the phrases “Made in the USA Recession” or “Eurozone Crisis” are on everyone’s lips, it’s sometimes surprising to note the significant financial discipline and high growth rates that have come to dominate much of the developing world.  Once derided as “Banana Republics” or sources of the “Asian Flu” many less-developed nations have now turned the tables on the economically-challenged industrial world. This jarring juxtaposition lies at the heart of Peter Blair Henry’s new book Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth.

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