Local Governments and The Power to Alter Economic Conditions
Arion, Mason H.
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The purpose of this research project is to determine what a city government can do to increase economic activity. In doing so four main topics emerged and became the main themes of the paper. The first main section deals with specific programs available in the state of Michigan. A set of case studies then focus on the cities of Flint and Grand Rapids and the different levels of success each of the two cities have achieved through these programs. The two remaining sections center on the measures that cities anywhere can take to help build a solid economic foundation for themselves: first through economic measures and then through non-economic measures, the so-called "quality of life" factors.