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.



I’m delighted the UK Government is supporting publication by the OECD Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) of this groundbreaking global review of economic development companies and agencies. I’m also grateful to the development companies and agencies around the world who’ve made it possible, through their financial support and providing case studies and observations from practice.


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