Remaking Economic Development: Weathering Political Transitions

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
CM | 1.25
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You'll learn about:

  • Key tenets of holistic economic development, and how to connect the market elements of economic development with civics to sustain and maintain action
  • Best practices in creating and sustaining inclusive economic development plans from speakers and each other  
  • Strategies to help ensure that future plans will weather changes in administration

Time and again, even the best laid plans are undercut when administrations change. The time and resources lost when this happens are often significant. Bringing together academic, agency, municipal government, and private sector experts to share lessons learned from their own experiences, this session will be an examination of strategies for economic development, focusing on setting actionable goals that are tied not only to markets but to civic will. 

Amy Liu of the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program will provide an overview of the key strategies of “Remaking Economic Development”.  Facilitator Tina Lund AICP, Principal of Urbanomics will direct the conversation drawing on the experiences of Roderick Miller, President & CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation; Diana Rodgers, Acting Director of Housing and Economic Development and Walter Denson, Director-Division of Real Estate, both of the City of Trenton, along with Larisa Ortiz of Larisa Ortiz Associates, retail development specialist for Trenton, to get the discussion started by sharing their experiences and successful strategies for moving plans forward through administrative transitions. Through active discussion, participants will learn strategies from the speakers and each other that can be used once they return home.



Rodrick Miller , Detroit Economic Growth Corporation , Detroit , MI
Amy Liu , Brookings Institution , Washington , DC
Tina Lund , AICP , Urbanomics , New York , NY (see bio)
Diana Rogers , City of Trenton , Trenton , NJ
Larisa Ortiz , Larisa Ortiz Associates , Jackson Heights , NY (see bio)