Right: Work with your community assets.
Calvert, Texas, U.S. at dawn.
You know, the economic development issues in Mozambique could be quite different from what perplexes community leaders in Los Angeles.
But moving ahead fearlessly, your editors want to know what you would like to ask about successful job creation in industries that add to the economic base of your community. (Here "industries" is professional talk and could refer to any general classification of employment.)
While temporary but wrenching economic upheavals seem to occur periodically in Asia, Europe, and the U.S., other "less developed" parts of the world simply continue to suffer from the ups and downs brought on by drought, disease, war, poverty, and ethnic or religious rivalries.
By attempting to serve all sizes of communities and to allow the international community to make gentle corrections to our admittedly very U.S.-centered experience, we hope that all peoples can learn from one another and appreciate their own good fortune and culture.
As we try to bring out through this site, the goal of economic development is not confined to a consumer-led economy. We think any discussion of economic development issues should consider also the links between a satisfactory standard of living for all social classes and the ability of all peoples to contribute meaningfully to a society.
Many of the good things available to human beings, such as discovery, the arts, and idea sharing, only happen when education is universal and when disease and prejudice are held in check. Some degree of well-being in health and education is a prerequisite to very much accomplishment in economic development. From the standpoint of the greater social good, it is critical to spread wealth widely among the population instead of concentrating it in the hands of a few.
Even when education and health levels are high, a local economy can face challenges due to automation, obsolescence due to technology advances, extreme weather events, and setbacks to large employers or institutions that the city was dependent upon. So even with the best local planning, we see that economic development issues can arise at any point.
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