Health and prosperity go hand-in-hand. Research shows that
neighborhoods that offer a range of jobs and attract and retain
local businesses and industries have healthier residents.
To provide health benefits, economic development efforts should
focus on neighborhood revitalization and quality of life
improvements for residents. Local leaders can focus on:
Offering easy access to schools, parks, shops, grocery
stores, health care facilities and jobs.
Attracting future community investment and encouraging local
business development that will evolve with the population.
Identifying and highlighting a community’s unique assets.
Key words: access to healthy food, community
investment,attracting grocery stores, encouraging
market conversions,supporting local business and
agriculture,business improvement districts,
farmland preservation, food hubs, economic development
Economically stable and prosperous communities foster a sense of
neighborhood pride and encourage residents to engage in community
events and civic activities, helping prevent crime and violence
that discourages investment in jobs and business opportunities.
Review these resources to understand how economically stable and
prosperous communities influence the health of residents; the
economic benefits of pursing mixed-use and equitable development;
and tools to leverage investment in your community.
These case stories show examples of establishing healthy
neighborhoods by way of economic development and revitalization.
Each story includes lessons learned, links to additional
resources and can serve as examples other agencies may consider
and adapt to meet their communities’ unique circumstances.