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Economic Development Stories
Economic Development Stories

Discover how cities and towns across the country have used economic development to build community wealth—without committing to huge tax incentives or long-term liabilities. 

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How Does Your (Economic) Garden Grow?

Chris Gibbons, the originator of Economic Gardening, helps home-grown companies expand—rather than importing jobs from elsewhere— using Economic Gardening.

Read the post here: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/4/15/how-does-your-economic-garden-grow

Low-Cost Pop-up Shops Create Big Value in Muskegon, Michigan

It's amazing what we can do when we think small.

Read the article here: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/2/19/low-cost-pop-up-shops-create-big-value-in-muskegon-michigan

Strong Towns Inspiration

Sending thanks to Strong Towns for the 2018 article on Muskegon’s Western Market. That article inspired us at the City of Batavia, IL to create a project of our own called Batavia Boardwalk Shops. These shops are to open at... (More)

Good Example of Public Investment in a Poor Neighborhood

The Fort Worth city council recently approved to invest $3 million in Rosemont, a historically disinvested neighborhood near downtown. City officials have partnered with Las Familias de Rosemont—Rosemont's neighborhood association—to guide investment, which will include sidewalks, curbs, and street lights.... (More)