Economic Development Division

The Economic Development Division provides an opportunity to join others who share an interest in and responsibility for matters related to economic development. 

Our Mission

The mission of the Economic Development Division 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.

We look forward to you joining together with our 600 members throughout North America and several foreign countries. On this website you will find information about our division's programs and services. We welcome your comments, suggestions, and inquiries, so please feel free to contact us. 

John A. Provo
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship for Economic Development Planning

This $2,000 travel scholarship is awarded on the basis of a letter of recommendation from a faculty member and an original student paper or work.

Master's level students enrolled in PAB-accredited planning programs across the US, as well as individuals who have graduated from those programs in the last year are invite to apply.

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