Chapter 3 from Economic Development: Strategies for State and Local Practice, 2nd Edition, discusses the role of planning in economic development. This chapter recognizes that government planners can be proactive in confronting and shaping their environment. The chapter describes the importance of community involvement, the planning process, the economic development plan, and the need for development. As communities suffer from adverse economic conditions, the need for planning intensifies. A basic assumption is that government officials should confront their economic environment and act in a manner that will promote the well-being of residents in their communities. Plans attempt to create the future environment of their jurisdictions. The planning perspective, in general, rejects the notion that localities are helpless victims of economic forces beyond their control.
- Learning objectives
- Strategic planning
- The plan Community involvement
- Development in hard times
- Study questions
- Additional resources
- Oxford, Ohio, Economic Development Strategic Plan