Economic Development WWW Sites
This document contains a list of economic development policy and
planning sites available on the world-wide web. The list was compiled
by students as part of the Economic Development Policy and Planning
I course at Georgia Tech.
Economic Development Literature and Abstracts
Miles Nathanael Gilmore <firstname.lastname@example.org>
There seems to be a dearth of good, general literature on the
internet about economic development. I even consulted the Economic
Development Department of the Atlanta Regional Commission, and
they offered best wishes but few direct links. However, there
remain many worthy of note, although some may have one digging
for his/her pocketbook.
- Economic Policy Institute - http://epn.org/epi.html
- For the politically-inclined, this could be a very valuable
resource. It attempts to analyze the various efforts of Federal
reform in terms of economic policy. It offers many insights about
the effects of tax cuts, government budgets, and labor policy
on economic development for regional and local areas.
- Institute for Economic Advancement-University of Arkansas
at Little Rock - http://www.aiea.ualr.edu/gen.info/serials/ef.html
- This site offered by the University of Arkansas offers a vast
array of information by year--mostly dealing with business and
affairs that touch upon the state of Arkansas. However, other
articles deal with other states and industries which only tangentially
deal with Arkansas.
- Economic Development Policy, College of William and Mary
- http://morton.wm.edu/~yvrdg/pubpol.html -
This smaller site offers a glimpse at what other economic development
policy students are reading. It specifically deals with one course
and its objectives, reading list, and specific requirements.
- The Economic Development Zone - http://iedn.embark.com/iedn/a_edzonepage.html A
great variety of catalogues, reports, and articles await those
who have the money. There is an on-line publications catalogue,
an environmental intelligence report, and an encyclopedia. Publications
include "Business Retention Strategies," "Industrial
Development," and "A Policy Scan of Urban Economic Development
Programs and Policy Options." Synopses of each one are available
- Economic Development Administration - http://www.doc.gov/resources/EDA_info.html One
of the sources in this category are legislative hotlines. Although
this is not addressed directly to any legislative body, this branch
of the Commerce Department offers services to help businesses
downsizing or going though particularly rough times due to government
cutbacks. It is largely geared towards defense contractors but
could prove useful to other companies that are reducing their
- Economic Development Institute of the World Bank -
The World Bank publishes the EDI Review, which has articles on
specific topics such as investment decisionmaking and helping
women to exit the cycle of poverty. It also offers a list of publications
on agricultural policy and transition for workers. Its focus is,
of course, international.
- Journal of the American Planning Association - Virginia
Commonwealth University - http://www.vcu.edu/hasweb/usp/japa.html -
This website features the latest issue of the APA's Journal, which
VCU publishes, and has in it articles on many planning issues,
including economic development. One example is an article on the
economic impacts of rezoning and revamping a decaying area of
a city. VCU's site also offers various other planning apparati,
such as a search mechanism for other sources.
- Sam Houston State University (SHSU) Business Resource Archive
- http://COBA.SHSU.edu/bra/ABSWKP/INDEX.HTM -
Listing of all articles published by SHSU business faculty and
their assigns. Each contains an abstract of the article. Some
would be more interesting to a business practitioner on a micro
level, but others deal with development policy or themes that
would relate to it. Additionally, there is a bibliography which
might be helpful in finding other sources.
- American Economic Development Council (AEDC) - http://www.opennet.com/hqtrs/resource/publ.htm This
organization sells various publications on economic development.
Each is accompanied with an abstract. There is also a bibliography
of topics. Subscribers receive discounts for all publications.
The majority of the publications are hefty tomes.
- Palm Springs Economic Development Newsletter - http://www.cyberg8t.com/business/springs/vol1no3.html -
One example of many newsletters distributed by numerous municipalities
to tout their ability to promote healthy business. Very parochial
and limited, but a good example of one of the burgeoning newsletters
which promote certain areas.
- SiouxLand (Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota) Economic Development
Opportunities - http://www.siouxlan.com/initiative/develop.html -
A very impressive display of services available to companies interested
in relocating to that area of the midwestern US. Out of a veritable
forest of cities and regions that have established websites to
induce business growth, this one offers such a dizzying array
of services available to any entrepreneur that it is truly overwhelming.
Various hotlines exist for companies or individuals who with to
do business there. It also outlines the government assistance
Date: Thu, 9 May 1996 11:49:00 -0400 (EDT) From: Laura Frances
Websites for Economic Development Agencies outside of the
- Economic Development Department, Ipswitch City, Queensland,
- Improving the business climate, assistance for establishment
of new businesses, information provided on regulations and how
to enter the business climate as a start-up, opportunities for
industry, and to encourage technological research and development.
- Calgary Economic Development Authority, Calgary, Alberta,
- The web site gives the address and a contact name of Mr. Richard
Pauls, Director of Informational Services and phone number.
- Economic Development Department, City of Cornwall, Ontario,
Canada: http://www.city.cornwall.on.ca/cedinfo.htm - To assist
new and existing companies, encourage manufacturing and commercial
businesses to locate in Cornwall, site selection, and local firm
- Enterprise Newfoundland and Labrador Corporation (ENL), Canada:
- The agency's mission is to aid the people of the region in entrepreneurial
initiatives. ENL provides information, technical, and financial
assistance to small- and medium-sized business.
- City of Sechelt & Chamber of Commerce, Sechelt, BC, Canada:
- The objective is to improve the business environment to increase
employment, attract and stimulate investment, and expand industrial
and commercial tax base.
- China Tianjin Economic and Technical Development Zone, Tianjin
City, China: http://www.accent.net/yangsong/jindy/3.htm
- A growing region in proximity to well-linked transportation
networks. Communication facilities attract industrial investments
with over 1,000 foreign companies.
- Chongqing Economic & Technological Development Zone, Mainland
- The Investment Service Company of the CE&TDZ offers consultation
for outside investors. The web site basically provides information
on the region and the purpose of encouraging foreign investment
- Frankfurt Business and Economic Development Corporation, Germany:
- The purpose of this agency is to promote the City of Frankfurt
and its business community, provide information for companies
and assist companies in relocating to the area.
- Economic and Business Development Unit, Rotorua District Council,
New Zealand: http://nz.com/rotorua/whocall/biz.htm
- The Council provides assistance for investors with information
on products from the region, joint venture contacts, encourages
export markets and joint marketing initiatives.
- Ards Borough Council and Ards Business Centre, Northern Ireland:
- This public/private partnership provides the input for implementation
of the economic development strategy objectives. These are: tourism,
small town/community development, urban regeneration, and transnational
co-operation for industrial investment.
- Centre for Community Economic Development, Nova Scotia: http://highlander.cbnet....info/economic/cfced.html
- The purpose of the centre is to promote opportunities for joint
ventures, technical assistance, education training services, and
act as a clearinghouse of information.
- Nova Scotia Economic Renewal Agency, Nova Scotia: http://18.104.22.168:80/ecor/ced/ced.htm
- Community Economic Development and Regional Development Authorities
provide services for small businesses and encourage and promote
- Development Agencies, St. Petersburg, Russia: http://www.spb.su/sppress/99/develop.html
- Discussion has begun for an economic strategy for regions of
- Economic Development Department, Dumfries & Galloway Region,
- The web site includes information concerning the region, government
structure, tourism, and other facts about the area. An address,
contact name, and information request form for specific information
on the Economic Development Department is provided.
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 1996 12:17:17 -0400 (EDT) From: Robin Beth Still
Technology based economic development approaches
- Economic Development, Technological Change & Growth http://www.helsinki.fi/WebEc/Webeco.html#01
Under economic development header, provides information on international
strategies to promote economic development through the use of
technology. Pretty interesting page.
- International Association of Science and Technology for Development,
Non-profit organization that promotes economic development by
promoting science and technology in less developed countries.
Interesting page because it focuses on less developed countries.
- National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers, http://www.cord.org/ncatc.html
Consortium of organizations established across the nation to help
industry and work force keep pace with new and emerging technology
through technology transfer. Very good page provides a lot of
- NASA SSC Technology Transfer Office, http://wwwtto.ssc.nasa.gov/
Federally sponsored program to provide increased access to technology
related economic development resources. This page is interesting
because it makes mention of centers, transfer sources, databases,
and other key WWW sites that might be useful in economic development.
- Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development, Univ.
of Hawaii, http://www.mic.hawaii/otted.html University
sponsored site whose purpose is to facilitate and encourage technology
transfer and economic development by the Univ. of Hawaii and the
state of Hawaii. Interested but limited to the state of Hawaii.
- University Research and Technological Transfer Organization,
Provides information on resources, offices, and programs that
may be useful in technology based economic development planning
in the state of Pennsylvania. Pretty good site, but information
limited to the state of Pennsylvania.
- Technology Transfer, Univ. of Tennessee, http://utrc08.admin.uk.edu/ Provides
information on technology transfer and how it can be used to promote
economic development in the state of Tennessee. Useful, but once
again limited to the state of Tennessee.
- The State of Alabama, http://iridium,nttc,edu/state_news/states/alabama.txt
Text page that provides information on some of the strategies
that the state of Alabama is using to facilitate the prompt implementation
of new technology in Alabama industries. Limited to the state
- Industrial Modernization Incentives Program, Washington D.C.,
Text page that provides information on this organization. This
organization is a joint venture between government and industry
whose mission is to acclerate the implementation of modern equipment
and management techniques in industry. Fairly useful page, but
should be put into html format.
- The State of Nebraska, http://neon.hlc.state.ne.us/cit/cit.html
Provides detailed information on technology based economic development
strategies in the state of Nebraska. Provides resources, contact
people, and other technical resources that might facilitate economic
development. Although this is limited to resources within the
state of Nebraska, it is a very useful page because Nebraska appears
to be very progressive.
- The State of New York, http://nysenet,org/cats/cats.html
Provides information on the New York State's Centers for Advanced
Technology. These centers promote economic development through
technological advances. Fairly useful page, but limited to the
state of New York.