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.


Milano Metropoli

Milano Metropoli is the Agency for the Promotion and Sustainable Development of the Metropolitan Area of Milan and aims to promote economic and social development in greater Milan. It was formed in early 2005 when the corporate purpose and structure of Agenzia di Sviluppo Nord Milano (ASNM) (North Milan Development Agency) were redefined. It is, however, not only the name which has changed. ASNM was essentially an urban redevelopment agency for the North Milan area, while Milano Metropoli’s work not only encompasses a broader geographical area – the metropolitan area of Milan – but also has a wider remit, focusing on territorial marketing and promotion, supporting strategic economic sectors and carrying out reindustrialisation, urban regeneration and development projects.


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