Wednesday, March 18, 2015

APA Economic Development Division at the 2015 National Planning Conference

Please join us for three events at this year's National Planning Conference in Seattle, WA April 18-21!

Sunday, April 19
Session: 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Economic Development and the Value of Place, CM 1.25

As economic development becomes more and more competitive, some cities and regions are focusing on quality of life and urban planning principles to attract talent and promte economic development. Explore recent trends in economic development and where the value of place comes into play.

You’ll learn about:
• The factors businesses consider when they select regions, cities, and sites for expansion
• The relationship between taxation and economic growth
• How a region’s services and cultural assets can be drivers of economic development

Sunday, April 19
Facilitated Discussion: 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Jobs, Sustainability, and the Pacific Northwest, CM 1.25

Planners know Washington and Oregon as early adopters of innovations like urban growth boundaries and transit-oriented development. Regional practitioners share ideas about economic development and the policies that support it. Gain insights that will inform your approach to reconciling jobs and sustainability.

You’ll learn about:
• How planners in the Pacific Northwest reconcile economic development with other values 
• Approaches planners from other parts of the country can adapt to their own region

Monday, April 20
Meeting: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Economic Development Division Annual Business Meeting and Reception
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Madrona Room


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

FREE Webinar

 March 27 –  Reshoring: The Urgent Need to Bring Manufacturing Back to America
Rosemary Coates, Reshoring Institute
1-2:30 pm Eastern
CM Pending
Free registration available at the link 

American companies are on a quest to Reshore production. According to a 2014 study, 54% of US manufacturers over $1billion in revenue are considering Reshoring some or all of their manufacturing. Site evaluation and the correct site selection are critical to the success of these projects. Establishing manufacturing at the right site has an economic multiplier effect on communities. Manufacturing jobs pay well and workers use their wages to buy homes, cars and other goods in the local community. Everybody wins. Reshoring is a very popular idea among businesses, their customers and governments where jobs growth will have the most impact. But it’s not that simple. Reshoring requires a carefully crafted journey through innovation, automation, localization of products and site/community selection. You will learn about the major components in this decision and what you need to develop a business case to bring manufacturing back to specific communities. We will also learn about some reshoring failures, where selecting the wrong site had devastating results.