Health & Economic Development


Health and Economic Development

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