Simply put, economic development is not practiced in the U.S. What is practiced can honestly be described as Chamber of Commerce commercial development, which accommodates business interests for the sake of 'growth' and 'development', to the joy of public and civic officials, at great public expense in the form of abatements, exemptions, subsidies, and write-offs.
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If I want to affect youth unemployment, the arguments I have to find are not of alienated youth and wasted opportunity, but of growth, competitiveness and more urgently – immediate bottom line benefit.
New Start has joined forces with Townstock 2012 to find the best ideas for reviving town centres. We are looking for projects that have already proven they can work and that can be replicated for a small budget in towns and cities across the UK.
All of our communities in reality says Cantle, are increasingly ‘more diverse, more global, more inter-state and inter-cultural than we have ever imagined’. Change is with us, and we are in shock.
His formula is the ‘intense long term planting of social enterprises in defined areas of worklessness, which will create real employment and improve social cohesion’ by focussing on impact rather than profit. This focus will create social capital and in turn create a ‘tipping point’ that will lever in mainstream investment.
Q & A with Gilbert Rochecouste, the founder of Village Well, Australia’s first placemaking agency.
Good quality education is one of the UK’s most competitive exports and the sector’s value is projected to grow at 4% per annum. Right now we are in a double dip recession and we need all the help we can get.
However desirable it may sound, we cannot transform the life chances of a whole generation at a stroke; we can, however, transform the life chances of a whole series of individuals.
We have an opportunity to build new political and service models based on place and neighbourhoods under the banner of 'neighbourhood community budgets', or localism, or co-operative councils, or whatever. Frankly, the label doesn’t matter much – but the behaviours of the key stakeholders and outcomes do.
A vibrant future for our towns means we must reject the idea that they are for for shoppers, and reassert our towns as spaces of citizenship.