END 422

END 422– Economic Development Planning

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Course No.: 23326

Department: Urban and Regional Planning

Semester: 2018 Spring

Location: Hayes Hall – 402

Meeting Day(s): Tuesday

Meeting Time: 6:00 PM - 8:40 PM



In a global economy, in a time of rapid industrial and technological change, cities, regions and states increasingly seek business opportunities and employment for their residents.

This lecture and seminar course explores new strategies through which cities and regions try to affect their economies.  The course will critically discuss traditional business subsidies while emphasizing the new strategies being put into practice throughout North America.  The new alternatives include:

  • Encouraging local entrepreneurship
  • Adapting to an information economy
  • Strengthening regional clusters of economic specialization
  • Adapting to radical technological change
  • Developing land and infrastructure assets
  • Developing the area’s workforce
  • Targeted marketing approaches
  • Developing collaborative economic development strategies

The course explores the application of these principles and policies with examples drawn from high technology manufacturing, research and development practices, innovative land development techniques, advanced information services, and from the practices and policies of successful regions throughout the United States.

END 422 and URP 522 introduces students to the diverse ideas and debates surrounding the practice of economic development planning.  Students will come to realize that economic development planning is more of an art than a science.

The course instructor, James J. Allen, is a former Executive Director of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency and a former Policy Fellow with the University at Buffalo Regional Institute.