State Economic Development Strategies: Trends and Issues

While the national economy began to ease its way out of the recession two years after economists declared an end to the debilitating condition, state economic development organizations continued their ardent efforts to further economic development in 2005 as though the recession was still nipping at the nation’s heels. States’ ardent drive for local economic advancement expanded in several areas, from increased efforts to lure filmmakers to developing comprehensive information Web site portals for businesses seeking to relocate.

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About the Author
Jeffrey A. Finkle, CEcD, is the president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based International Economic Development Council. He is a 20-year veteran in the world of economic development, Finkle, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Ohio University and studied business administration at the graduate level at Ohio State University, also has a history in the public sector, having served as deputy assistant secretary of community planning and development for program management with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.