Principles and Practices of Regional Development
Instructors: Matt Stuart
Due: SEE CALENDAR
Instructions: Research and write an opinion piece on a subject that relates to regional or
economic development. Submit a two-page, ~ 600-800 word paper with at least 3
references that support your opinion on the topic of your choosing.
The piece should strive to achieve the following (in no particular order):
• What is the topic/subject?
• Provide a brief background outlining the controversy behind the topic and
examples of its use.
• What is your opinion? Do you support or condone the project/initiative and why?
Be prepared to defend it.
• Provide at least 3 references to support your opinion.
Examples of topics:
Ø Should public transportation be free?
Ø Should local/regional economies invest in education?
Ø Should public funding (federal or local tax dollars) be used for public
transportation infrastructure (streetcar, highways, etc.)?
Ø Is inter-state competition to recruit new business good or bad (Reno & Tesla)?
Ø Is the use of tax dollars, or lack their of, as incentive to attract new business good
Ø Should tax dollars be used for sports stadiums (SF, Minnesota)?
Ø Should height limits be limited in urban environments (DC, Paris, etc.)?
Ø Is historic preservation good or bad for a local economy?
Ø Which is a greater driver of Regional Development – attracting new business or
creating a vibrant arts/culture scene?
Ø Is Rent Controlled housing good or bad?
Ø Should local governments raise minimum wage requirements within their
jurisdictional boundaries (Seattle, San Jose, SF, etc.)?
Ø Is Eminent Domain an acceptable tool for Economic Development?
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