Monday, March 22, 2010

A few GREAT Economic Development Blogs

EDD blog is still new and developing – so this week I wanted to highlight a small group of economic development related blogs that I’ve found inspiring and insightful. What economic development blogs would you recommend?

The EDPro Weblog by Ed Morrison (@edmorrison)
Maybe the first blog developed specifically for Economic Development practitionersEDPro Weblog is a rich repository of resources and analysis on local economic and workforce development issues. The blog describes itself as aiding “economic and workforce development professionals—EDPros—keep up with the changes sweeping our professions. Strap on your goggles. It's a whole new game. There are no experts any more. The only place to learn about economic development is from other EDPros who are doing it.” EDPro Weblog is the project of Purdue Center for Regional Development Economic Policy Advisor and consultant Ed Morrison.

Extraordinary Observations by Rob Pitingolo (@robpitingolo)
Authored by John Carroll University Senior economics major Rob Pitingolo, Extraordinary Observations covers topics related to economics, urbanism, transportation, and more. Rob is currently an intern at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, and he is in pre-graduation job search mode -- don't miss his Video Resume!

Richard's Real Estate and Urban Economics Blog by Prof. Richard Green (@keynesianr) of the School of Policy, Planning and Development and the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
“This blog will feature commentary on the current state of housing, commercial real estate, mortgage finance, and urban development around the world. It may also at times have ruminations about graduate business education.”

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space by Richard Layman, Washington, DC based urban/commercial district revitalization and transportation/mobility advocate and consultant.
“A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic. This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.”

The Bellows by Ryan Avent (@ryanavent)
The Bellows author Ryan Avent’s day job is writing for The Economist. Anyone interested in the intersections of urbanism, economics, planning and transportation should be a regular reader of The Bellows.

EMSI Resource Library, by Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.
“The EMSI Resource Library is a source of news, articles, and links for professionals in workforce development, economic development, and workforce education.”


  1. Hi Shana, my own blog aside, these are all excellent resources that I read regularly. I did my best to incorporate good elements of urbanism into the video resume that you mention!

  2. Good choices! Here's one I enjoy.

  3. Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thanks once again