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The Little Black Book of Economic Development has been one of the most popular books written in the economic development genre, and as such it is due an update and refresh. This second edition will bring it more current with our current economic conditions. It remains the clandestine science and practical art of rebuilding local economies as a practitioners guide to economic development at the local economy level. This book has been inspirational to countless economic developers. The comments and guidance of more than 50 of the world's best and brightest economic developers gives all those engaged in this meaningful work pearls of wisdom of the hundreds of years of experience these colleagues have in combined wisdom.
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I would place this book in the top five worst books I have ever read. This is definitely not a practitioners book and it begins with three chapters almost entirely filled with unsubstantiated (no empirical evidence) claims regarding the state of current economic development leadership and a sky is falling mentality. I am not opposed to some of the authors conjecture, but he is not a compelling writer that knows how to mix meaningful data with the broad far reaching positions he has on the field of economic development. I would highly recommend you take a pass on this book and maybe read Boomtown USA: The 7-1/2 Keys to Big Success in Small Towns.
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