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Urban Policy and Economic Development

Leading Community-Engaged Policy Research to Foster Lasting Change

At the Glenn College, our faculty and graduate students conduct cutting edge and community-engaged urban policy research that is having real world impact. We partner with federal, state and local agencies and work alongside community members to create lasting change and break down systematic barriers.

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Private investment and public policy must change regional economic development paths while intentionally including distressed jurisdictions and populations before the futures of central cities that experienced severe population losses can shift to a positive trajectory. “Legacy Regions, Not Legacy Cities: Growth and Decline in City-Centered Regional Economies,” authored by Glenn College doctoral graduate Andrew Van Leuven and Prof. Ned Hill, was published in the Journal of Urban Affairs. 

Read the ‘Legacy Regions’ Research 

Using newly available annual data on incentives at the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) level, Professor Rob Greenbaum and doctoral student Adrienne DiTommaso found that MSAs with less diverse economic bases target incentives to industries with low concentration and that regardless of overall diversity, MSAs are more likely to incentivize industries that are less specialized locally. 

Read the study in Economic Development Quarterly

"Urban policy involves balancing the needs of a place with the needs of the people in that place, and the Glenn College does an excellent job of helping students become practitioners and researchers who can competently approach this balance."

Andrew J. Van Leuven, PhD 2021
Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University