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Lessons from the Past for Urban Policy in the Era of Trump

The stunning election of Donald Trump as president throws the future of urban policy into doubt. During the campaign he promised to bring new jobs and improved infrastructure to the inner cities, but so far he has furnished no details. Some of the strategies carried out by cities and states in the past may offer the incoming administration some guidance.



Economic Developers: Ignore the Glitz! Focus on What Matters

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The core idea behind this series of articles is to help local economic developers navigate and function effectively within their communities--sort of an on-the-job helpful advice. The first issue introduced the reader to elements of the local economic development context. In this issue, we deepen our understanding of the Policy/Practitioner World, building upon elements introduced in the first issue. To offer more value and perspective into the local situation, we will also introduce a new concept: "the policy cycle".The thrust of our article/series is to move from the glitz--concentrate on making programs work--concentrate on developing programs that address concerns felt and experienced by your community.

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