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The Changing Forces of Urban Economic Development: Globalization and City Competitiveness in the 21st Century

Citation

Rondinelli, Dennis A.; Johnson, James H., Jr.; & Kasarda, John D. (1998). The Changing Forces of Urban Economic Development: Globalization and City Competitiveness in the 21st Century. Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, 3(3), 71-105.

Abstract

Economic development in U.S. cities will be driven increasingly by forces of global economic integration in the 21st century. Where the export sector is thriving, international trade and investment are creating more and better paying jobs. U.S. cities will have to adjust quickly to these and other international forces. To grow and prosper, metropolitan areas must improve their education systems to produce a highly skilled and flexible work force, improve the quality of living conditions to attract international investment, provide services and infrastructure to support globally competitive firms, and develop stronger entrepreneurial and technological capacity among small and medium-size companies. Civic leadership and community action are essential to expanding and modernizing urban infrastructure, strengthening mechanisms of community cooperation within metropolitan areas, and fostering public-private partnerships to expand opportunities for employment. Demands for integrating the inner-city poor into economic activities will require innovative polices that build on business-orientated approaches to community development.

URL

https://www.jstor.org/stable/20868460

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research

Author(s)

Rondinelli, Dennis A.
Johnson, James H., Jr.
Kasarda, John D.

Year Published

1998

Volume Number

3

Issue Number

3

Pages

71-105

Reference ID

1076