Projects

States Should Compete on Quality, Not Low Cost

February 20, 2018

In this story addressing the State’s role in business development, Bob Weissbourd notes that the key issue is not low tax rates but the value proposition a state offers companies,…

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Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network and the future of food

February 20, 2018

An industry profile of the Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network highlights the history and progress of the world’s first inclusive cluster organization, in which RW Ventures, LLC played a key…

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The Economic Impacts of the Obama Library

January 17, 2017

If Chicago is chosen for the location of Barack Obama’s presidential library, Illinois taxpayers could be on the hook for $100 million. Are the benefits that come with presidential libraries…

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Economic growth must be more inclusive

January 5, 2014

As part of a Chicago Tribune series on the region’s biggest challenges in 2014, Bob Weissbourd argued for the importance of achieving inclusive economic growth, and identified strategies for better…

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Chicago: Governance for the 21st Century Economy

August 1, 2012

The Chicago Tribune published this op-ed, authored by Bob Weissbourd, which argues that greater public-private collaboration and a more flexible, dynamic and open institutional infrastructure are necessary to be competitive…

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Lessons from the Field: How 21st Century Community Development Can Inform Federal Policy

December 17, 2010

The Institute for Comprehensive Community Development (ICCD) released the inaugural issue of its journal, including a paper entitled “Lessons from the Field: How 21st Century Community Development Can Inform Federal…

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Regional Effects and Convergence in Dallas Neighborhood Housing Markets

October 17, 2007

This paper, published in the Williams Review, presents selected results from the first phase of the Dynamic Neighborhood Taxonomy Project. In particular, the paper investigates two key questions relating to…

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Strengthening Communities for Regional Prosperity

July 17, 2006

The increasing attention paid to the region as a key unit of economic activity has given rise to powerful new economic development strategies. By focusing on economic rather than political…

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