Reflecting Community Priorities In Economic Development Practices

Economic development that is equitable, inclusive, and outcome-driven for residents begins by prioritizing community engagement and clearly linking that engagement to actionable initiatives with measurable results.

This white paper addresses ways community groups, businesses, philanthropies, economic developers, and governments can work together effectively to ensure that community goals and priorities are reflected in economic development practices. The topic is timely as governments and communities grapple with economic conditions that have left many residents struggling. This report offers a Determine-Design-Evaluate framework to help leaders consider how to adapt their economic development efforts so that more residents prosper.  


This report was commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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