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Using Human Centered Design in CED work

October 23, 2020

Community and economic development has increasingly required participation from community members to be effective. Ensuring high levels of engagement throughout the design process is crucial to producing a product that serves the needs of the community. A creative approach to problem solving might b … Continued

CED and Planning vs Income Inequality Part 1: When Communities Pay the Price

April 16, 2019

Income inequality is not a new issue for CED professionals. In November 2011, the Federal Reserve Board of San Francisco devoted an issue of its publication, Community Investments,to how income inequality was impacting community development. A Federal Reserve Board governor is quoted in the report, … Continued

Conveyance of property in a public-private partnership for a “downtown development project”

June 22, 2017

Downtowns across America are experiencing a renaissance. Population growth in downtowns has outpaced growth in the broader regions in which those downtowns are located. North Carolina downtowns are likewise experiencing record growth. To capitalize on this renewed interest in downtowns, private deve … Continued

Biophilic Design, Part III: Cities

February 2, 2017

Biophilic design offers solutions in the face of a world that is quickly urbanizing and taxing our health, our wallets, and our environment. Compared with more rural settings, urban environments make people more stressed, do greater harm to the environment, and cost their taxpayers more money. There … Continued

Live Long and Prosper: Does CED Impact How Long We Live?

April 19, 2016

I often think about ways in which local government matters in the daily lives of citizens. This month, a major study was released showing how local conditions, and community and economic development, infrastructure, and planning in particular, may have a direct impact on the most basic quality of li … Continued

Land Banks in Action: Genesee County, Michigan

March 20, 2014

A previous post by Tyler Mulligan explained how local governments can utilize land banks to address vacant, abandoned, and tax foreclosed properties in their community.  This post provides an example of a successful land bank in Genesee County, Michigan – home to the city of Flint – and discusses ke … Continued

Mezzanine Financing in Community Economic Development

August 9, 2013

Mezzanine financing, or mezz debt, can play a critical role in the funding of a community economic development project and has other advantages discussed in this post, but what exactly is it, and how does it work? Financing the renovation of historic buildings is far more complicated than new constr … Continued

Redevelopment Areas in Action: Sanford, NC

January 3, 2013

In a recent post, Tyler Mulligan provided an overview of how local governments can use an Urban Redevelopment Area to attract private investment. This post will describe an example from Sanford, NC. In the early 2000s, the City of Sanford found itself in a position common to many other small towns i … Continued

Redevelopment Areas in Action: Greenville, NC

December 20, 2012

In a recent post, Tyler Mulligan provided an overview of how local governments can use an Urban Redevelopment Area to attract private investment. This post will describe an example from Greenville, NC. Like many towns in eastern North Carolina, Greenville’s downtown, known to residents as Center Cit … Continued

Redevelopment Areas in Action: Mooresville, NC

December 6, 2012

In a recent post, Tyler Mulligan provided an overview of how local governments can use an Urban Redevelopment Area to attract private investment. This post will describe an example from Mooresville, NC. Mooresville, a small town (population 32,711) located 20 miles north of Charlotte, provides an ex … Continued