GLRPPR Sector Resource: How Small Towns and Cities Can Use Local Assets to Rebuild Their Economies
How Small Towns and Cities Can Use Local Assets to Rebuild Their Economies
Over time, all communities experience changes that affect the industries, technologies, and land use patterns that help form the foundation of their local economies. Economically resilient towns, cities, and regions adapt to changing conditions and even reinvent their economic bases if necessary. Even if the community has lost its original or main economic driver, it has other assets that it can use to spur the local economy. While most economic development strategies involve some effort to recruit major employers, such as manufacturers or large retailers, many successful small towns and cities complement recruitment by emphasizing their existing assets and distinctive resources. This report examines case studies of small towns and cities that have successfully used this approach.
U.S. EPA Smart Growth
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