Organising Local Economic Development

The Role of Development Agencies and Companies

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Development processes occur within a wider geographical area than local government, and in some cases encompass a broader scope than provincial or national governments. Thus substantial inter-governmental co-operation and public-private partnership are needed. This book identifies how development agencies and companies work, what they do and what constitutes success and value added. It explores international practices in a variety of locations and contexts, and defines both the success factors and the challenges associated with economic development agencies and companies.



Bilbao Metropoli-30 (The Association for the Revitalisation of Metropolitan Bilbao)

The Association for the Revitalisation of Metropolitan Bilbao – “Bilbao Metropoli- 30” – was established in 1991. It is primarily concerned with strategic planning, research and promotion and is involved in those projects which aim to encourage the recuperation and revitalisation of metropolitan Bilbao. The association was recognised as a “public utility entity” by the Basque Government in June 1992. Both public and private bodies who work within metropolitan Bilbao can become members of the project as founding, full or associate members. In essence, Bilbao Metropoli-30 is an “umbrella organisation” which consolidates and co-ordinates the actions of a disparate range of bodies which operate across the public and private realms, and across broad spatial scales.


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