FOUNDATIONS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLANNING AND POLICY I


PUBP 8110S/CP6231 - Dr. Philip Shapira - Spring Quarter 1996, MW 5.00 p.m.-6.30 p.m., D.M. Smith 203 - Updated 5/31/96

This course provides an introduction to the context, theory, process, and practice of local economic development planning and policy. Topics covered include: differing theoretical and conceptual explanations of the economic development process; international, national, and regional factors affecting local economic development; federal, state, and local roles; contrasting economic development approaches and methods; equity, participation, conflict, and cooperation in economic development; and economic development practice and policy. The course is the first of a two-part sequence. The second course, which is taught in the Fall Quarter, focuses on specific topics and issues of implementation in economic development.

Course Outline | Goals and Objectives | Assessment | Required Books and Reserve Books
Additional Readings and Electronic Reserves | Journals | Use of World Wide Web | Guest Practitioners
Reading Assignments | Student Notes on Reading Assignments | Economic Development WWW Sites

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Course Outline

1. Introduction to the Course (Wednesday, March 27)
2. What is Economic Development? (Monday, April 1)
3. The Economic Development Problem (Wednesday, April 3)
4. Processes of Economic Development (Monday, April 8, Wednesday, April 10)
-- No class (Monday, April 15)
5. Policy Evolution: Federal, State, and Local Roles (Wednesday, April 17)
6. Supply-Side Approaches: Competing for Business (Monday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 24)
7. Indigenous Development: Demand-Side Approaches and Enterprise Development (Monday, April 29 and Wednesday, May 1)
8. Technology and Economic Development (Monday, May 6 and Wednesday, May 8)
9. Economic Development Clustering, Networks and Linkages (Monday, May 13)
10. Human Resources and Economic Development (Wednesday, May 15)
11. Community-Based Approaches to Economic Development (Monday, May 20)
12. Economic Development Practice (Wednesday, May 22)
-- Georgia Tech Holiday Monday, May 27
13. Review and Prognosis (Wednesday, May 29)


Course Goal and Objectives

To provide an introduction to the context, theory, process, and practice of local economic development planning and policy through:

  1. An understanding of different perspectives on the meaning of economic development and the interpretation of economic development problems.
  2. An introduction to contrasting and complementary explanations of how economic development occurs at regional and local levels.
  3. An overview of the development of economic development policies, major programs and practices in the United States and of the roles of federal, state and local entities, community groups, and private organizations.
  4. An understanding of principal current and emerging approaches and practices to promoting economic development at regional and local levels and an appreciation of the impacts of these approaches.
  5. An appreciation key contemporary issues of policy and practice in regional and local economic development and of the broader forces and factors affecting regional and local economic development policies.
  6. An introduction to issues of equity, participation, conflict, and cooperation in the economic development planning and implementation process.
  7. An introduction to key elements of the literature and debates about regional and local economic development policy and practice.

Assessment

Assessment will be comprised as follows:

Note: Electronic assignments will involve use of computerized information searches using the world-wide web and review and analysis of reading materials submitted electronically by email. As necessary, students should seek advice and assistance from their own school computer support staff, Georgia Tech computing support, or library personnel.

Required and Reserve Books

The following are required books (purchase in paperback from the Student Center bookshop):

The following books have been placed on reserve in the main library. Students are recommended to consult them for further reading and preparation of assignments. All these reserve books are listed under the instructor's name, although in some cases they will be under different course numbers.


Additional Readings and Electronic Reserves

Additional readings will be available through handouts in class and in the Georgia Tech electronic reserve collection. The electronic reserve collection for this course can be accessed at http://www.library.gatech.edu/resv/pubp. (You will need a Georgia Tech library login and password to access the electronic reserves)


Journals

Arguably, the most useful journal is Economic Development Quarterly. Students are recommended to review issues of this publication. Other journals of interest are Economic Development Review, Economic Development Commentary, Regional Studies, Environment and Planning A, and selected articles in the Journal of the American Planning Association.


World Wide Web

There is a growing amount of economic development material on the World Wide Web. One of initial assignments for the class will be to develop a more comprehensive listing of sources. A most useful site to begin with is the Economic Development Society at http://acad.bryant.edu/~pnorton/archives.html. This contains an extensive set of abstracts on economic development policy, 1990-1995. The archive is composed of the following seven sections: 1.Theory (& Defense Conversion) 2.Practice & Programs 3.Finance 4.Entrepreneurship 5.Downturns 6.Exports 7.Sectors (Including High-Tech)

Guest Practitioners

On selected topics, Guest Practitioners will be invited to talk to the class and respond to questions. Guest Practitioners will include:


READING ASSIGNMENTS AND BACKGROUND MATERIALS

1. Introduction to the Course.

2. What Is Economic Development?

3. The Economic Development Problem.

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4. Processes of Economic Development

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5. Policy Evolution: Federal, State and Local Role

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6. Supply-Side Approaches: Competing for Business

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7. Indigenous Development: Demand-Side Approaches and Enterprise Development

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8. Technology and Economic Development

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9. Economic Development Clustering, Networks and Linkages

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10. Human Resources and Economic Development

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11. Community-Based Economic Development

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12. Economic Development Practice

13. Review and Prognosis

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Communication and Office Hours

Electronic office hours: for fastest response, students are encouraged to communicate by electronic mail, to: philip.shapira@pubpolicy.gatech.edu

Physical office hours: in Room 314, DM Smith Building, Mondays, Wednesdays 3.30-4.40

Students are also encouraged to schedule individual appointments at other times, as necessary.


Electronic Listserv

An electronic "listserv" (or group mailing list) for this course has been established on the Georgia Tech computer system. The listserv will be used for group communications and submission of selected assignments. Students taking the course should subscribe immediately after the first class.

To subscribe to the list send the following message to listproc@list.gatech.edu

subscribe econ-dev <your name major>

e.g. subscribe econ-dev Chris Smith PubP MS

This request must be submitted by the end user in their mail account, not by another user.

To mail a message to the list, mail the message to

econ-dev@list.gatech.edu

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