I really like the word choice here about ‘cultivating’ jobs and business. I always want to use the term mulching around businesses, but that just doesn’t work as nicely.
In my previous post on economic development, I concluded that “Cities desiring economic development should prioritize people: both their current residents and those they wish to attract.”
I’d like to affirm but also move beyond that conclusion a bit today, asking the question: which economic development strategies are willing to appreciate and bring about the most good for the people already present in our cities and neighborhoods? I like this question because it removes the possibility for any sort of easy way out. Too often our leaders and economic developers are tempted or pressured into quick-fixes and shortcuts, providing solutions which address the symptoms but not the causes of the problems.
How Not To Create a Job
A really engaging perspective on this dilemma can be found from NPR’s 2011 Podcast, “
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