2018 National Planning Conference

Poster: Saying “No” for Better Economic Development 

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. CDT

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Posters

Activity ID: NPC187095


  • Identify when a focused approach to economic development in a community is most appropriate, given certain circumstances
  • Use different strategies to winnow and prioritize economic development initiatives
  • Work with elected officials and other local leaders to develop their own strategic economic-development road maps


Like many small Midwestern cities, Clinton, Iowa, has struggled over the past few decades from downturn of its predominantly manufacturing-based economy. In creating a new economic development plan for Clinton, a team from the University of Iowa realized that the city's past efforts were too broad in attempting to attract and retain all types of businesses. To construct new and meaningful strategies for economic development, the team used different techniques and methods to focus Clinton's resources and efforts on supporting local businesses, workers, and quality of life.

Session Speakers

Luke M. McClanahan
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Michael Farley
University of Iowa

Munkhshur Erdenebat
Iowa City, IA

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