Economic development can be described as a program, set of policies, or activities that seek to build capacity for self-sustaining, long-term economic growth. While state governments and local non-profit economic development agencies/organizations often take the lead in developing economic development programs, local governments in Delaware can play a major role to plan for economic development that bolster jobs, the local tax base, environmental sustainability, social equity, and a good quality of life.
This section of the Toolbox is designed to help local officials within the state better understand what strategies and tools are available to advance economic development in their respective jurisdiction. Topics include:
- What is Economic Development?
- Ways Local Governments Can Foster Economic Development Planning:
- Economic Gardening
- Delaware Downtown Development Districts Program
- Preservation-Based Economic Development
- Asset-Based Economic Development
- Community-Based Economic Development
- Local Government Economic Development Strategies
- Delaware Economic Development Success Stories
- Economic Development Resources for Delaware Local Governments