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.


The operational features of development agencies

governance, operations, resources and accountability

Operational features of development agencies are fundamental to their success. This chapter identifies key trends and choices that support organisational effectiveness. Because development agencies are usually not organisations that are statutorily mandated, there are many choices about how they are internally structured, what tools they use, and how they operate. This chapter seeks to illuminate some of these choices giving reference to the 16 development agency case study evidence base. Some of the key issues illustrated in particular include: development agency boards and leadership; organisational structures; financial strategies; resource and asset management; accountabilities; performance review and best-practice sharing.


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