Beyond Economic Development: Education, Mega-projects, and the Arts
March 2015

This virtual issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs features research that goes beyond traditional approaches to local economic development. While incentive programs such as tax abatements, Enterprise Zones, and Downtown Development Authorities have been mainstays of efforts to redevelop and reinvigorate local economies, 21st Century approaches move beyond these tried and true methods. The importance of education and local schools (and the families they serve), investment in the arts, and infrastructure development target quality of life over business relocation as a means of local development. Hence these articles, focusing on education, airport and Olympic transportation infrastructure (meg-projects), arts development, and family needs such as child care, represent the next wave of local development policy.

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