The article “Money Matters” in the February 2005 issue of Planning stated that there is a big disconnect between planning and economic development. After reading it, I started to think about what planners do to truly encourage economic development within their community. I also realized that in many cases it is more about regulation then encouragement, and there is not a lot of marketing that takes place to contract and attract new businesses to the community.
What do you, or your office, do in the way of Economic Development?
What tools do you use to encourage development, while regulating its integration into the existing landscape?
Do you feel that planners can do a better job of encouraging economic development?