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This is a class project prepared by Urban Planning 538: Economic Development Planning. The project was started by the students in the winter 2005 semester, and now continued by students in the fall 2005 semester. The goal is to create a handbook of useful resources and analysis on local economic development. The choice of topics reflects the interests of class participants (and is therefore not a comprehensive list of all economic development topics.) Each student has been individually responsible for writing two detailed entries (linked below), plus two short glossary entries (see separate page). Faculty supervisor: Prof. Scott Campbell see also:
Economic Development Glossary

for UP538 students: FORMATTING GUIDELINES updated 12/4/05

last updated:  Thursday, June 1, 2006 1:28 PM
Fall 2005 project team (click to email): Young Kyoo AhnSuzanne BessetteSamuel ButlerMary Jo ByrnesGeoffrey DancikElizabeth DelgadoDavid EpsteinSamara FreemarkRebecca GordonAmanda GoskiNathan GrayLindsay-Jean HardShayna HirshfieldYoohyung JooWilliam KaplowitzWilliam McElneaSarah MoonAnne NadzoRyan RomanKirk SandersonDale Winling

Fall 2005 Entries

Student (click to email) Entry ONE Entry TWO

Young Kyoo Ahn

Research Parks and Economic Development Alabama's Automotive Industry and Foreign Direct Investment
Suzanne Bessette Eminent Domain, Private Gain, and Economic Development Applying Economic Development Concepts in Less-Developed Countries
Samuel Butler Bar Hopping vs. Five Star Shopping: How to attract people back to small city downtowns in metropolitan areas Turning up the heat on Granholm's Cool Cities Initiative: How effective will it be?
Mary Jo Byrnes "Pricing the Priceless:" Determining the Economic Value of Historic Preservation The Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation
Geoffrey Dancik Rebuilding New Orleans’ Battered Economy: Gulf Opportunity Zones The Creation of an Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) Industry Cluster: Dubai’s Internet City
Elizabeth Delgado Incorporating the Untapped: The Case of Memphis Tennessee Group Lending: Learning from the International Experience
David Epstein EcoTourism & Local Economic Development Economic Development & The Global Informal Economy
Samara Freemark Growing Locally Owned Businesses: Innovative Strategies Group Lending in the United States

Rebecca Gordon

Smart Growth & Washington DC metro area Environmental Justice vs. Economic Development
Amanda Goski Business Improvement Districts: New York City
Economic Development and GIS
Nathan Gray Minneapolis Fiscal Disparity Plan The economic impact from Maine’s working waterfronts

Lindsay-Jean Hard

The Rouge: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow The Economic Benefits of Building Green
Shayna Hirshfield State and Local Strategies for Brownfield Redevelopment BID Alternatives: Economic Development becoming Community Development
Yoohyung Joo Brownfield Redevelopment in Pittsburgh: The South Side The Economic Impact of DART and the Transit Oriented Development
William Kaplowitz Bus Rapid Transit: A Powerful Real Estate Development Tool Wal-Mart Is Coming to Town: What Can You Do, What Should You Do?
William McElnea Group Lending and Its Applicability to a Post-Katrina New Orleans The Role of Social Enterprise in Economic Development
Sarah Moon Brownfield Redevelopment: A review of funding available to developers in Michigan and Minnesota Light Rail Transit and Economic Development
Anne Nadzo Industry Clusters: Maine's Next Step Partnerships: The Strength of Pittsburgh's Continuing
Ryan Roman Race to the City Planner’s Office: Is the Threat of a Zoning Overhaul Causing Miami’s Residential Construction Boom? The Legality of Attracting Investment Through Tax Incentive Programs: A Preview of /Daimler Corp. v. Cuno
Kirk Sanderson An Overview of Michigan’s Tax Abatement Programs Downtown Development Authorities as a Catalyst to Development: A Case Study of Ferndale, Michigan
Dale Winling

Something Old, Something New: Wind Power and Economic Development Affordable Housing and Economic Development: Correcting the Spatial Mismatch

Winter 2005 Entries

Winter 2005 project team (click to email): Avik BasuChristopher BryantGregory ClaxtonTimothy DavisJessica De WitJenifer HuestisKathleen MaurerMarisa McNee Paul RyckbostAriel SherizenNicole SitkoLindsay SmithAnna SokolAdam Zettel

Tools & Strategies of Economic Development

Shared services and the economies of scale they provide local government [Timothy Davis]

Import substitution as economic development [Avik Basu]

Place Promotion and Target Market Analysis [Adam Zettel]

Rail Transport as a Source of Economic Development  [Adam Zettel]

Understanding cluster analysis [Marisa McNee]


The Environment and Sustainable Development

Sustainable strategies for economic development [Gregory Claxton]

Urban Growth Boundaries as Economic Development Tools  [Nicki Sitko]

Financing “Green” Economic Development Projects: An Overview of Current Issues and Opportunities  [Lindsay Smith]

Smart growth towards improved economic performance  [Avik Basu]

Regional Economic Development Opportunities in Agriculture [Lindsay Smith]


Sports, Tourism and the Arts

Cultural Economic Development [Marisa McNee]

Sports Stadiums [---]

Boating and Downtown Waterfront in Four Western Michigan Communities  [Paul Ryckbost]

Park City, Utah’s successful combination of tourist activities creates healthy economic development [Nicki Sitko]


Economic Development Finance

Finance in Economic Development:  Federal Funding Sources  [Jenifer Huestis]

The efficacy of tax incentive programs  [Katie Maurer]

Neighborhood business and microfinance  [Gregory Claxton]


Case Studies: Recovery & Revitalization

Redevelopment of Detroit's Riverfront  [---]

Redeveloping Former Industrial Waterfront Property [Paul Ryckbost]

Industrial Retention Strategies: Chicago’s North River Industrial Corridor [Anna Sokol]

Gentrification:  Will Chicago’s University Village Development Destroy Surrounding Communities? [Jenifer Huestis]

Investment in under-served communities  [Christopher Bryant]

Revitalizing Blighted Michigan Communities with Land Banks [Jessica de Wit]

Brownfield Redevelopment [Katie Maurer]


Case Studies: Other

Visteon Village: How communities can prepare for major economic investment  [Timothy Davis]

Economic Redevelopment in Appalachia: The Appalachian Regional Commission   [Anna Sokol]

University-Industry Partnerships: a Case Study of the Detroit Region [Christopher Bryant]

Economic Development Impacts of Universities in Boston  [Jessica de Wit]

link to glossary entries