Where, oh where, should we put our economic development resources? This question often goes unasked by economic development agencies.
There are those who are philosophically opposed to answering that question. Others believe the answers are so obvious it is not necessary to give voice to the issue.
We have free market advocates who believe firms should locate wherever they wish and economic development is best when not guided by government or private local interests. Alternatively, there are planners who believe that development should be guided to meet a community’s needs.