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Planning Local Economic Development

Planning Local Economic Development
Theory and Practice

Fifth Edition
  • Nancey Green Leigh - Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Edward J. Blakely - The University of Sydney, Australia, University of Southern California, USA, New School University, New York, USA, University of California, Berkeley, USA

June 2013 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Since the appearance of the first edition in 1990, Planning Local Economic Development has been the foundation for an entire generation of practitioners and academics working in planning and policy development. Written by authors with years of academic, regional, and city planning experience, the book has been used widely in graduate economic development, urban studies, nonprofit management, and public administration courses.

Now thoroughly updated for the challenges of the 21st century with deeper coverage of sustainability and resiliency, the Fifth Edition explores the theories of local economic development while addressing the issues and opportunities faced by cities, towns, and local entities in crafting their economic destinies within the global economy. Authors Nancey Green Leigh and Edward J. Blakely provide a thoroughly up-to-date exploration of planning processes, analytical techniques and data, and locality, business, and human resource development, as well as advanced technology and sustainable economic development strategies.

New to the Fifth Edition:

  • Addresses the challenges to local economic development planning posed by the weak recovery to the Great Recession
  • Introduces social network analysis
  • Covers the importance of urban design for local economic development success and the potential of LEED neighborhood design
  • Expands the focus on public-private partnerships and community marketing for implementing economic development plans
  • Offers new case studies and illustrations
1. The Enduring Argument for Local Economic Development Planning
2. The Influence of National and State Policies on Local Economic Development
3. Concepts and Theory of Local Economic Development
4. The Local Economic Development Profession and Professionals
5. The Local Economic Development Planning Process
6. Introduction to Analytical Methods for Local Economic Development Planning
7. Local Economic Development Strategy
8. Locality Development
9. Business Development
10. Human Resource Development
11. Community Economic Development
12. Building the Implementation Plan
13. Institutional Approaches to Local Economic Development
14. Local Economic Development Planning's Response to the Flatter and Climate-Challenged World

This book provides a clear and concise discussion on local economic development planning. This book would be highly recommend for students who wish to peruse a career in local government

Mr Emmet McLoughlin
Marketing Department , Leisure and Tourism, Sligo Institute of Technology
May 24, 2016

This book is a gathering of important issues relating to planning local economic development. It presents many interesting cases and examples that are helpful for students.

Dr Magdalena Klimczuk-Kochańska
Management , University of Warsaw
April 3, 2016

A comprehensive book that covers most of the local economic development planning issues. It explains the topics with cases and examples that make easy for students to understand.

Dr Suna Ozdemir
City and Regional Planning, Cankaya University
February 2, 2015

The book will be used in course offered in Sept 15

An excellent book that will be used in a course online offered to students in Africa (Zambia, Nigeria, Ghana and Namibia)

Dr Anthony Koyzis
Educational Studies , University of Nicosia
January 6, 2015

This book is a great companion for any course on local economic development covering the theories, concepts and challenges with a plethora of case studies. An essential text for students considering issues related to local economic development.

Dr Jennifer Ferreira
Coventry Business School, Coventry University
December 31, 2014

Very good book with complete problem of LER.

Professor Vladimir Cavrak
Macroeconomics and Development, Faculty of Economics and Business
May 29, 2014

This is one of the most comprehensive local economic development textbooks for a graduate planning class out there. I really like the addition of the teaching cases.

Professor Sarah Coffin
Center for Sustainability, Saint Louis University
October 8, 2013

This text provides a comprehensive exploration of the theories and challenges of local economic development. This updated edition, successfully incorporates the challenge of sustainable living in the 21st century, with new case studies and illustrations relevant to the current context. An essential text for any development planning course.

Dr Samantha Leonard
Department of Development Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
September 23, 2013

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