Rooting Opportunity: Can We Do Economic Development Differently? (Aspen Policy Series)

Featured scholars: Kelly Ryan and Cheryl Peterson. //
On this Independence Day, let’s start the day by thinking about what we strive for in America when we do “economic development.” Typically, our goals roll off the tongue as produce jobs, growth, and profit — and economic development professionals do what they must to move those needles. But could we do more and better? Can we make it part of the aim of economic development to shepherd resources so they’ll endure for development in the future? To weave the self-interest of businesses, traditional and impact investors, critical anchor institutions, and local residents into a system that produces enduring value and prosperity for more Americans?

Speakers: Janet Topolsky
Festival: 2015

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