Many cities, counties and special districts are pursuing sustainable economic development – policies and practices that help communities attract and retain jobs for the long term, while also maintaining environmental quality, conserving resources, addressing economic disparities and promoting public health. The Institute offers information, case stories, studies and reports, and links to organizations that can help local officials in their efforts to create more prosperous and sustainable local communities. Many of these strategies have the added benefit of reducing short-term and long-term costs to provide and maintain public services and infrastructure.
Local economies are largely built on the foundation of a strong community. ILG offers resources and case stories to help local leaders explore how a robust public engagement process can enhance local agency decision-making and success with regard to economic development planning and activities.