Projects

Market-Based Community Economic Development

October 12, 2016

This presentation outlines the theoretical framework for market-based community economic development, including a discussion of how market-based strategies work and when they are most effective. The presentation also provides examples…

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Positioning Your Neighborhood for Economic Development

March 17, 2016

Delivered by RW Ventures, Chicago TREND and the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, this pair of training sessions were designed to help communities pursuing retail, industrial land use, small business or…

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NeighborWorks NBP Training

February 12, 2016

Originally developed as a two-day training for HUD Choice Neighborhood program grantees, this presentation was delivered to grantees from NeighborWorks America’s Catalytic Grant Program. The training presents the rationale and…

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Market-Based Development to Win the War on Poverty

June 12, 2015

Prepared for the Chicago Federal Executive Board, this presentation assesses the nation’s progress over the last 50 years and suggests a new framework for winning the “War on Poverty.” Finding…

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Integrating the Practices of Urban Planning and Economic Development

March 15, 2015

This paper was prepared as background for a convening of national experts to explore how the fields of urban planning/design and economic development can better inform each other in practice…

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Inclusive Regional Economic Growth

November 12, 2014

This slide deck, presented at the 2014 CEOs for Cities National Meeting, highlights the economic imperative, and offers a framework, approach, analysis and examples for better achieving both prosperity and…

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Grads and Fads

September 5, 2014

Building on The Changing Dynamics of Urban America, this study examines the relative importance of economic and quality of life factors in attracting and retaining college-educated workers. The project, conducted…

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Inclusive Regional Economic Growth Framing Paper

June 11, 2014

Developed for the June 2014 Convening on Inclusive Regional Economic Growth at the Ford Foundation, this framing paper captures findings from interviews of attendees and other leading practitioners to provide…

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Economic Place-making: How to Develop a “Neighborhood Business Plan”

May 15, 2014

Developed as part of a two-day training for planning and implementation grantees from HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods program, this presentation walks through the logic and structure of a new approach to…

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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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Connecting to Markets Series: Neighborhoods and Housing Markets

January 1, 2012

Bob Weissbourd delivered these remarks as part of the “Connecting to Markets” series sponsored by the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development, the Urban Institute, and the Federal Reserve Banks of…

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Implementing Regionalism: Connecting Emerging Theory and Practice to Inform Economic Development

November 1, 2011

The “Implementing Regionalism” project, supported by the Surdna Foundation, begins to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of regional economic development through a comprehensive review of existing research…

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City Vitals: How Do We Measure the Success of Cities?

October 11, 2011

This short slide deck was created in response to a presentation by Joe Cortright at CEOs for Cities Fall 2011 Meeting concerning metrics of city vitality. Highlighting the importance of…

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Municipal Financing: Current Challenges and Opportunities

March 22, 2011

Bob Weissbourd delivered this presentation at the London School of Economics’ City Reformers Group Workshop, in a session on public financing. The presentation outlines the troubles facing city governments —…

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Metropolitan Business Plans: A New Approach to Economic Growth

March 4, 2011

Prepared in partnership with the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program for “Global Metro Summit 2010: Delivering the Next Economy,” this policy brief formally introduces the concept of metropolitan business planning,…

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“Metro-Economics”: Towards a “Unified Field Theory”

January 12, 2011

This speech and accompanying PowerPoint were delivered by Bob Weissbourd as part of the Portland Plan — Inspiring Community Series. The speech begins to tie together the various pieces of…

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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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Dynamic Neighborhoods: Tools for Community and Economic Development

September 1, 2009

The Dynamic Neighborhood Taxonomy (DNT) project provides new analysis on how urban neighborhoods operate, how they change over time, what factors determine their success and how these dynamics vary across…

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Dynamic Neighborhoods: New Tools for Community and Economic Development

June 2, 2008

The Dynamic Neighborhood Taxonomy (DNT) project provides new analysis on how urban neighborhoods operate, how they change over time, what factors determine their success and how these dynamics vary across…

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Analyzing Local Economies

January 15, 2008

This presentation, prepared for the Aspen Institute Roundtable and Funders’ Exchange on Community Change, Poverty Reduction and Prosperity Promotion, presents a new framework for thinking about neighborhood change, as well…

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Into the Economic Mainstream

August 6, 2006

This paper and related presentation, prepared for Opportunity Finance Network and CFED, introduce a new framework for bipartisan economic development policies, centered on the idea of “inclusionary growth”.

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UMI Discussion Papers: Market-Based Development & Information Resources

April 16, 2005

These two complementary papers written for the Brookings Institution’s Urban Markets Initiative examine the role of information resources in spurring markets and creating investment strategies to boost urban neighborhoods. The…

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The Changing Dynamics of Urban America

September 21, 2003

This major study, conducted with Christopher Berry for CEOs for Cities, examines the changing drivers of economic success in American cities and metropolitan areas, and how these affect decision-making for…

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Valuing Neighborhoods, Driving Change 

December 13, 2002

In planning its activities for the next decade, Living Cities commissioned RW Ventures and the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program to undertake the design phase for a ten-year project that…

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Cities and Economic Prosperity

April 9, 2001

This study, completed for CEOs for Cities, features a data scan of economic indicators and activity in cities. The study finds that the assets of cities are enormous, varied, and…

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The Market Potential of Inner-City Neighborhoods: Filling the Information Gap

March 5, 1999

This paper examines how current information, primarily dependent on federal data sources, fails to accurately convey the opportunity in inner-city economies. It then suggests how building business-based data and models…

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