Implementing Regionalism: Connecting Emerging Theory and Practice to Inform Economic Development

February 01, 2010

Funding: The SURDNA Foundation

Summary: The project will  undertook a thorough literature and case study review on regional systems and how they interact to bring about regional economic growth, organized the theoretical, empirical and case study literature into a coherent framework, and drew out the implications for economic development practice, including the types of emerging policies and programs that show signs of effectively driving positive economic outcomes. We then convened leading national experts to vet and expand upon this work -- identifying further principles and successful practices for applying a regional framework to economic development of all kinds -- as well as to outline an applied research and product development agenda to fill remaining gaps in our collective knowledge and practice.