NLC Publications Explore Linkages between Sustainability and Economic Development

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As constrained budgets, aging infrastructure and slower than normal economic growth affect cities of all sizes across the United States, local leaders are forced to make tough policy choices. While many cities are looking toward traditional economic development strategies to address these challenges, others have begun to take a more comprehensive approach to boost economic competitiveness through the inclusion of sustainability programs, policies and principles. Such initiatives often generate economic savings and revenue and have been shown to create or retain jobs through strategies familiar to economic development--minimizing waste, building on existing assets and focusing on building cities with a strong sense of place and community.

To contribute to these conversations and provide cities with examples and resources, NLC has recently released two new publications exploring sustainability strategies and innovative city programs that have successfully combined economic development and sustainability.

While there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for linking these two goals, the publications offer several approaches for cities to consider, and highlight opportunities to realize economic and environmental benefits.

Sustainable Connections: Linking Sustainability and Economic Development Strategies

Sustainability is a fundamental component of building a strong community, not only in terms of the physical environment, but also for economic prosperity.

In recent years many cities across the country have begun providing leadership and advancing economic strategies by incorporating environmental stewardship and sustainability principles throughout programs to promote economic development. …