Engaging the Public in Economic Development

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Engaging the Public in Economic Development

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.  

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Engaging the Public in Economic Development

One essential economic development tool is public engagement. Learn practical ways that local leaders can help residents develop a shared knowledge and ownership of local economic development policies and programs which can lead to shared prosperity and improved quality of life.

Case Story

San Jose’s Strong Neighborhoods Initiative Empowers Residents

In spite of the economic downturn and the loss of redevelopment dollars, the City of San Jose has been able to sustain a level of community engagement through a Neighborhood Council which helps steer economic development priorities in underserved neighborhoods. The city council has now made the Neighborhood Council a permanent part of its decision-making process.

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Humboldt County Engages the Public to Inform its Economic Development Strategy

In an effort to create a comprehensive economic development strategy for the region, Humboldt County engaged more than 450 stakeholders ranging from business owners and elected officials to community members, education professionals and tribal leaders.

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Civic Health and the Economy

Multiple studies over the past several years point to a compelling truth: there is a strong relationship between civic health and a thriving economy. This report attempts to weave together the most interesting studies into a story about how communities become healthier when more people are civically engaged.

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