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 roles, tools and relationships of development agencies

This chapter addresses what development agencies actually do and the tools they use. A summary of core activities of development agencies is presented and the argument is developed that while what these agencies do is obviously essential, how it is done is equally important. It is established how these activities are done by categorising the roles that a development agency might play in a local development system. It is underlined that without a thorough consideration of both what activities are undertaken and how they are undertaken, the contribution of development agencies to sustainable local development may be misunderstood. The chapter begins with an overview of some of the approaches used to categorise development agency roles, and concludes by detailing the roles played by development agencies in the formulation of local development strategy.


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