Local Economy Forum: podcast introducting local and regional economic development

16 Episodes of educational video setting out the principles and practice of local and regional economic development.

Topical podcasts and commentary on current challenges and issues facing local and regional economic development.

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Foundations – Episode 1: Introduction to local and regional economic development

This podcast video, produced by Glenn Athey, introduces local and regional economic development. It begins with some definitions of economic growth and economic development and why they are different. It then discusses why we should be concerned – using some mapped data to show wide divergences in economic performance between local areas in the UK.

The podcast then goes on to present a brief history of local and regional economic development and policy in the UK, and some of the common issues that local economic developers deal with.

There is then some brief mention of why local and regional economic development involves going beyond orthodox economics, and introduces a framework for competency for economic development organisations.


Key principles

There are two key principles that I employ in our approach to local economic development and the services and expertise I offer.

The first principle is that: Economic Development builds Prosperous Inclusive Communities that are Sustainable (EPICS).

The second princple is that: My mission is to help build great economic development organisations.

 

 

ABCD competency framework

Is your organisation A, B, C, or D at economic development – are you an Amateur, Beginner, Competent or Dynamic?

Throughout this podcast series we will illustrate what the concepts and tools mean in practice, and what kinds of behaviours and approaches are demonstrated by Dynamic, or great, economic development organisastions and teams.