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Economic Development
Economic Development

Economic development doesn't have to mean giving corporations tax incentives to move to town. That's why, at Strong Towns, we explore other methods of economic development, such as economic gardening and entrepreneurship, that won't break the bank. 

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Programs that encourage underrepresented groups to invest in their communities

My goal is to collaborate with policy and industry leaders to develop programs and incentives that will increase the opportunity for underrepresented residents to purchase properties, homes, or start businesses. Most importantly, market industry leaders to invest in community programs, such as cultural events, career mentor programs that will work with underrepresented talent, and career pathway programs for youth. 

Does any professionals have any stories on any successes that their cities accomplished in these types of programs? 


I'm a city councillor and when I approach certains ideas such as stopping peripheral growth in order to concentrate on development in areas that are already built, I often receive the answer that this will cause unwanted inflation of the cost of remaining land that's not yet built. In return, this is seen as rising the cost of life in a municipality whose average household income is below the province's average.

What would be some key elements to bring forward to answer this preoccupation about inflation?

Norm Van Eeden PetersmanStrong Towns Member
Pastor | Model Train Enthusiast | West Coast Liberal Conservative

Am I correct in seeing layers of compatibility between Kate Raworth's "Doughnut Model" and Strong Towns thinking about resiliency and the pitfalls of our addiction to growth?

Forgive me if this ground has already been covered elsewhere - link me in the comments if so.

Over at The Guardian, a fascinating piece outlines the City of Amsterdam's commitment to follow the "Doughnut Model" proposed by Kate Raworth. It is touted as an alternative economic strategy that better accounts for the disparate needs of the vulnerable and takes into account the carrying capacity of our environmental and sociological systems.

From the article:

The inner ring of her donut sets out the minimum we need to lead a good life, derived from the UN’s sustainable development goals and... (More)

Here is a Google Maps version of my city, Ferndale, WA. Addresses are marked by different color markers based on their Property Tax $ per Acre calculation. Check it out!