Economic Development from the State & Local Perspective, published by Palgrave Macmillan, takes a broad view of economic development well beyond the awarding of tax incentives. Instead, Mr. Robinson illustrates how regions and states succeed through the development of basic or “Building Block” strategies such as zoning, annexation, eminent domain, quality of life and tax, workforce, and infrastructure policy. Mr. Robinson also illustrates how the most successful regions in the U.S. are lead by private sector job growth in energy, technology, global, advanced service and manufacturing industries. This book is a strong learning tool as it takes a case study approach throughout nearly ever chapter putting economic development practitioners and students in the role of a city council working through a complex economic development deal.
“No single formula for successful economic development exists,” stated David J. Robinson. “Regions and states capitalize on their assets and implementing strategies based upon smart land use, tax, workforce, infrastructure and quality of life policies. However, the most successful region and communities are built upon private sector companies in the energy, technology, global, advanced service and advanced manufacturing industries.”
David J. Robinson wrote this book based upon his 20 years of experience as an economic development consultant, lawyer, lobbyist, local government official and former member of the Ohio House of Representatives. Mr, Robinson is Principal of The Montrose Group, LLC, a Columbus, Ohio-based business consulting firm providing business development, capital access, economic development, infrastructure finance, public affairs and research commercialization services, and also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and John Glenn School for Public Affairs, teaching urban redevelopment and economic development. Mr. Robinson is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, The Ohio State University College of Law and has a management certificate from the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business Advanced Management Program.
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