In Economic Revitalization: Cases and Strategies for City and Suburb Fitzgerald and Leigh answer the need for a text that incorporates social justice and sustainability into how we think about and practice economic development. It is one of the first to talk about how revitalization strategies are implemented in both cities and suburbs, particularly inner-ring suburbs that are experiencing decline previously associated only with inner-city neighborhoods. After setting the context with a brief history of economic development practice and its shortcomings, Fitzgerald and Leigh focus on six economic development strategies: sectoral strategies, Brownfield redevelopment, industrial retention, commercial revitalization, industrial and office property reuse, and workforce development.

Industrial Retention: Multiple Strategies for Keeping Manufacturing Strong

Industrial retention: Multiple strategies for keeping manufacturing strong

Industrial retention includes a range of activities designed to respond to the needs of local businesses, including business visitation programs, infrastructure improvements, safety concerns, technical assistance in modernization, and employment training. What is important about these efforts is that they put a city in a more proactive position in shaping its economic base, rather than responding to the threat of plant relocations or closings. Industrial retention has the potential to build toward each of the three macro principles identified in Chapter 1.

Manufacturing jobs pay better than most service sector jobs available to people with a high school education or less. The availability of manufacturing jobs, then, can reduce income polarization ...

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