Monday, June 1, 2009


Welcome to the American Planning Association's Economic Development Division (EDD) Blog!
The Economic Development Division provides an opportunity for American Planning Association members to join others who share an interest in and responsibility for matters related to economic development.

Our Mission is to advance the practice and state of the art of economic development by:

  • Increasing the understanding of economic development as a key element of public policy formulation at all levels of government;

  • Promoting economic development as a critical element of neighborhood community, regional, and national planning processes;

  • Disseminating materials and information about current economic development practice and theory to members of the division;

  • Assisting APA in positively influencing economic development policy; and

  • Promoting professional communication among members of the division through a variety of member services, including, but not limited to newsletters, web page, conference sessions, workshops, and other publications.

The division aims to accomplish the following goals by establishing a greater online presence through this blog:
  1. Raise the profile of the division
  2. Provide a forum for peer-based dissemination of best practices/knowledge
  3. Facilitate member-to-member interaction
We hope that this blog will contribute to your economic development planning knowledge, and we look forward to hearing from many blog readers, EDD members and non-members alike, in the coming months. EDD officers and invited guests will post updates to this blog at least once a week, so be sure to check back often!