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Cross-Border Local Development Policy: An Examination of Spacial Patterns

Author: LAURA A. REESE and RAYMOND A. ROSENFELD
Published in IJED, Vol. 2 No. 3

This paper explicitly focuses on the relationship between geography or location and the economic development practices and policies within a community. More specifically, spatial relationships among communities on the Canadian/US border are examined to determine if similar approaches to local economic development can be identified based on spatial patterns regardless of nation of origin. Based on survey and census data in a geographic information system analysis limited national, regional, and state/provincial patterns in policy use are evident depending on the particular economic development policy considered. The lack of consistent patterns, however, directs policy analysis in a local direction to focus primarily on local issues – local structure, local economy, local players, and the local civic culture.

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