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.
Political Culture: the Mistoffelees of Economic Development
Written by The Economic Development CurmudgeonEconomic Development is a frustrating profession! Everything an economic developer reads these days offers the great magic strategy or solution that is guaranteed to revitalize your community. But, few economic developer s are likely to admit it, but they have tried most of these strategies and failed. While some strategies are better than others, none really works as advertised. Why? Because there is a secret known only to a very few economic developers. What is that secret? One size-fits all-magic bullet-strategies don't work because each community is in its own way different. Why is each community different? Because of something called political and social culture. What is political and social culture? How do you find it in your communities? Read on and get introduced to the Mr. Mistoffelees of Economic Development. Continue Reading...