Communities across Canada and the United States are facing increasing competition when it comes to attracting talent and investment. Economic developers, and others involved in creating vibrant communities, need a broad range of tools to help their communities thrive now and in the future. Municipal World’s 12 Strategies for Re-Energizing Your Community fits the bill, bringing together articles from 12 experts on a variety of community revitalization topics in an easy-to-read collection.


12 Strategies for Re-Energizing Your Community


While short compared to many of the books reviewed here in the past,12 Strategies packs a punch in terms of the range of topics covered. From how Stockholm’s “new towns” provide models of sustainable communities for urban planners to examples of how cities like Boston and Rio de Janeiro are using data to tackle the challenges of urbanization. Whether you’re looking for the expected (leveraging local food economies or designing energy efficient, sustainable communities) or something off the beaten path (how to use garden tourism to attract people to your community), you’ll find something to inspire you. MDB Insight’s own Brock Dickinson explores how Maker culture, fab labs and Maker spaces can spur economic growth (check out the special Maker edition of TINAN for a primer on these topics).

If you’re looking for some new ideas, or new perspectives on familiar ones, 12 Strategies for Re-Energizing Your Community is worth a look. The case studies and best practices shared might just help you to tackle local challenges from a different angle or identify new opportunities for your community.

This post first appeared in TINAN 69. Subscribe to TINAN for the latest economic development news and resources.