Dr. Philip Shapira - email@example.com
PubP 8110S/CP 6231, Spring 1996.
Assignment #1 - Assigned 4/3/96; due 4/10/96
Economic Development Information Sources on the World Wide
This assignment aims to identify and review economic development
planning and policy information sites and sources available on
the World Wide Web (WWW). Students will individually search and
document WWW sites under specific headings. The results will then
be posted to the economic development list-serv and subsequently
collated, so that the information sources can be shared by all
and used in later assignments during the class.
- Aspects of the economic development problem - sites
containing information and references to economic development
issues and concerns, such as lagging growth, unemployment, labor
force skills, plant closings, regional and sectoral shifts, economic
equity and empowerment, globalization, investment, and analyses
and critiques of policy. Example: http://epn.org/idea/economy.html
- The Electronic Policy Network, Idea Central - Economics and
- Economic development agencies - U.S. federal and state
- federal and state agencies and organizations with economic development
functions. May include references to key policy documents. Example:
http://mitc.org/dbed/ - State
of Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.
- Economic development agencies - U.S. regional and local
- regional and local economic development organizations, such
as city economic development departments, chambers of commerce,
university-based economic development services. Example: http://www.mindspring.com/nss/007/007.html
- Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
- Economic development agencies - outside the U.S. -
regional and local organizations in other countries active in
stimulating economic develop (focus mostly on regional and local,
rather than national). Example: http://22.214.171.124/lcc/econdevs.htm
- Lancashire County Council, UK, economic development services.
- Community-based economic development groups - local
or regional groups, not part of government, active in stimulating
economic development at the community-level. May also include
state-wide or national coalitions of community-based economic
development groups. Example: http://www.focushope.edu/
- Project Hope, Detroit, MI.
- Economic development consultants - private or non-profit
firms engaged in the business of providing economic development
consulting services. Example: http://members.aol.com/mattk10097/bae_home/baeintro.htm
- Bay Area Economics, CA.
- Economic development professional organizations, advocacy
groups, think-tanks, foundations - non-governmental policy,
programmatic, or membership organizations engaged in economic
development-related activities. Example: http://acad.bryant.edu/~pnorton/about.html
- Economic Development Society.
- Industrial location, community economic profiles - information
pages providing information about, or promoting the attractions
of, specific communities. Example: http://www.swcolo.org/Business/BusinessHome.html
- Business Relocation Page, Mesa Verde, CO,
- Business assistance and entrepreneurship, including
financial assistance for business development and other kinds
of assistance, especially for start-ups and small and mid-sized
firms. Example: http://www.accel.com/entreprn.htm
- Accel, Resources for Entrepreneurs.
- Technology-based economic development approaches -
for example, technology centers, technology transfer, industrial
modernization. Example: http://www.gcatt.gatech.edu/gcatt/gra.html
- Georgia Research Alliance.
- Employment and training - labor force upgrading, employment
programs, retraining and economic dislocation. Example: http://www.mame.syr.edu/MET/retraining/overview.html
- Retraining the Manufacturing Workforce, Technology Reinvestment
- Participation, inter-action, strategy development -
sites promoting broader discussion of economic development-related
activities, feedback and comment, interactive strategy development.
May also include news groups. Example: http://cbceda.org/document/news.htm
- Cape Breton, Canada, Regional Economic Development Strategic
- Economic development literature and abstracts - journals,
collections of abstracts and articles, curriculum reading lists,
legislative hotlines, newsletters related to economic development.
- Literature on Economic Development Policy, 1990-1995
Each student will be assigned one or more headings in class. In
total, you should identify between 10-15 sites for the headings
assigned to you. Choose your final list of sites to maximize the
quality and diversity of information. For each site
that you identify, please provide (a) a title; (b) page sponsor
(e.g. Economic Development Society or Iowa State Department of
Commerce); (c) URL address (i.e. http://
); and (d) a 4-8
line review, in your own words, of the content and value of the
- Business Relocation Page, Mesa Verde, CO, http://www.swcolo.org/Business/BusinessHome.html
- Listing of economic information about the community and incentives
aimed at attracting businesses to move in. Emphasizes quality
of life and environmental features. Not targeted towards any specific
business categories. Links to other area sites.
This assignment should be prepared electronically and submitted
as a text (.txt) document or browseable (.htm) file and posted
to the economic development list-serv by mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org
The assignment should be posted by 4.30 p.m. on April 10. Be sure
to include your name, school and major at the top of your assignment.
If you have difficulties accessing the Web or using email, please
seek advice and assistance from your own school computer support
staff, Georgia Tech computing support (Customer Support Center,
404-894-7173, email@example.com) or Georgia Tech library
personnel (404-894-4529). If you have technical difficulties in
uploading your file, you may print it out and hand it in at the
beginning of the class on April 10.