Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series
Edited by Peter Karl Kresl and Jaime Sobrino
Chapter 11: Evaluation of strategic planning excercises
City leaders should be in a continual effort to enhance the competitiveness of the local economy. Residents may want higher incomes or more satisfying lives or better futures for their children, and so forth. City leaders have an obligation to utilize the resources and assets of the city in a way that will enable residents to realize the future to which they aspire. Strategic Economic Planning (SEP) is the mechanism that they utilize to this end, whether or not they refer to it in this way. In this chapter we will examine SEP in a way that will clarify the options available to city leaders in this effort. We will begin by distinguishing SEP from other forms of urban planning; second, we will examine various approaches to the planning unit – the city or something more extensive; third, the characteristics of the city warrants some discussion; fourth, we will review the need for planning in the contemporary context; fifth, we will review the literature regarding the basic elements of SEP; sixth, it will be instructive to study some successes and failures in SEP; seventh, we will highlight some of the lessons for SEP from the experiences of several urban areas; finally, we will examine how SEP must confront the issues of the near future.
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