Smart Growth and the Regional Economy

Gertler describes the current structure of the Central Zone economy, including important economic clusters, and recent trends that have affected economic development. He looks at “locationally flexible” businesses and the kinds of locations they might be attracted to within the Zone, and examines the extent to which the location of businesses can be influenced by planning policies and growth management tools. Finally, he suggests approaches to attracting new economic activity to the region and makes five recommendations for a smart growth strategy designed to strengthen the region’s economy.