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 managers
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.