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Resources for Sustainable Economic Development


These resources include links to studies, reports, and organizations that can help local officials in their efforts to create more prosperous and sustainable local communities.


The Innovative DOT (2nd Edition)
Smart Growth America, January 2014

Smart Growth America has partnered with the State Smart Transportation Initiative to develop The Innovative DOT.  The handbook provides 34 recommendations to help transportation officials position their agencies for success in the new economy.  


California Association for Local Economic Development

CALED is a statewide professional economic development organization that offers resources, tools, assistance to local economic development professionals.  Visit CALED’s website to access information on financing, branding, grant writing, performance measures, legislative issues and more. 


GO-Biz: Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development

In 2011 Assembly Bill 29, authored by Assembly Speaker John Perez, created the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to serve as a single point of contact within state government for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz has programs designed to advance business development, assist with permit streamlining, provide small business assistance, encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, and promote international trade.


American Planning Association (APA)

The American Planning Association and the Economic Development Administration have partnered to provide content on a variety of economic development topics, including best practices, regional cooperation, entrepreneurship, and innovation


U.S. Economic Development Association (EDA)

The US Economic Development Association leads the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA offers federal funding opportunities to promote collaborative regional innovation, private/public partnerships, national strategic priorities, global competitiveness and environmentally sustainable development.

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