It always intrigues me in my travels the various defentitions of what economic development actually is. It varies throughout the U.S., State to State, and at times within a State  County, and/or City.  There seems to be a lack of clarity if using the words economic development will result in a positive or negative response within a discussion. One moment you are reading about economic development backlash in Florida, and the next throwing incentives at an Amazon deal is in fashion.

Clarity in defining economic development is difficult due to the culture of economic development entities varying so widely.  Subsequently, this post is an intro to numerous posts within a series of economic development related issues and items.  A great deal of the upcoming posts will be via guest bloggers to provide a wide swath of input and reflection.  My hope is you find something of value within this series that will assist you along your career journey.