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.

Job-Centered Economic Development: An Approach for Linking Workforce and Local Economic Development

Job-centered economic development: An approach for linking workforce and local economic development

Workforce development is more than job training. It refers to the constellation of activities required to place people who have few job skills, or skills that have become outdated, into gainful employment. Among these activities are orientation to the work world, skills training, placement, mentoring, and postemployment services. Workforce development links to the principles of raising standards of living and reducing income inequality presented in Chapter 1. In principle, few would argue with the need to link economic development and workforce development. A skilled workforce makes every planner's list of elements of a “good business climate.” Yet for the majority of municipal ...

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