What @sog_ced is reading on the web: December 2012

The following are articles and reports on the web that the Community and Economic Development Program at the UNC School of Government shared through social media over the past month. Follow us on twitter or facebook to receive regular updates.

Richard Florida says there is “virtually no association between economic development incentives and any measure of economic performance”: bit.ly/U19Qg0.

Greensboro could enact a “good repair” ordinance to ensure that owners maintain the outward appearance of downtown buildings: bit.ly/Vc4oI8. School of Government book discusses legal authority for good repair ordinances: bit.ly/UeWhtq.

Cities form venture capital funds to provide seed capital to local start-ups: http://bit.ly/12UysN9.

NC Department of Commerce releases 2013 map of County Tier Designations of economic distress for Article 3J tax credits: bit.ly/R5CwZp.

Site selector says we need to make manufacturing “cool” again in order to build next generation workforce—suggests partnerships between industries and education on vocational training,  apprenticeships, and curriculum development to meet industry needs. bit.ly/TP0ofp.

New York Times on the “high price” of economic development incentives, nyti.ms/Xc2eNf, and a searchable database of economic development incentives nationwide, nyti.ms/TDBRdo.

Small towns struggle to find the next generation of elected and staff leaders: nyti.ms/Tnlcxm & bit.ly/W5FW9Z. Possible solutions: bit.ly/W5G6OP.

21c Hotels, a new hotel chain entering the Durham NC market, says that economic development tax credits and other subsidies from federal, state, and local governments help address a “challenging” environment for financing projects: http://bit.ly/UXJkoz.

Raleigh’s newest food desert? bit.ly/UXfdNK. Food Trust solution in Pennsylvania: bit.ly/UXeBIf & bit.ly/ZvddTS.

High achievers from low-income families may not apply to college, study finds: http://bloom.bg/RWLVmt.

Affordable housing solutions proposed for Israel sound a lot like those proposed in the United States: bit.ly/VSGccx.

Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) impact in North Carolina described in new report by The Support Center: bit.ly/ZdMLy4.

Merged city-county economic development agency takes over in Union County, North Carolina: bit.ly/TZVi3q.

Businesses locating in Guilford County, North Carolina, qualify for more economic development tax credits (under Article 3J) than neighboring Forsyth County. Will it matter? bit.ly/XkgpzY

Indy describes affect of abandoned homes and bank walk-aways on neighborhoods: bit.ly/SyovBv. Mulligan law article explains how vacant property registration can be used in North Carolina as a possible solution: bit.ly/Sow10A.

Report asks: Do federally assisted households have access to high performing public schools? bit.ly/X9Vn6N.

65% homeownership in U.S. cities. Durham, Chapel Hill, and Wilmington fall below that percentage while Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, and Asheville exceed it. bit.ly/Va9QK6.

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