Regional Approaches to Economic Development. A Presentation by Citizens Research Council of Michigan. Who We Are. Founded in 1916 Statewide Nonpartisan Private not-for-profit Promote sound policy for state and local governments through factual, objective research
A Presentation by Citizens Research Council of Michigan
To test the assertion that regions are a logical basis for economic development.
To understand how regional players coalesce around economic development structures and strategies.
To develop recommendations for improved approaches to economic development in Michigan.
Institutional sclerosis (Mancur Olson)
A term used to describe a process of regional decline in which places that prospered greatly in one era find it difficult or impossible to adopt new organizational and cultural patterns, no matter how beneficial they may be.
Innovation and growth shift to new locations.
A Paradox Defined by Political Boundaries
Problematic Outcomes Defined by Political Boundaries
Parts of 2 or more states 9
Multiple counties in a single state 27
Multiple sub-county level governments 14
Urban 11 Mid-sized city 9
Large city 8 Small city 6
Suburban 4 Rural 12
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