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Revitalization in Your Pocket

Over recent years, cities have increasingly seen success in their efforts to revitalize downtowns, waterfronts and brownfields. To help its mayors, city councils and other...
by | May 28, 2008

Over recent years, cities have increasingly seen success in their efforts to revitalize downtowns, waterfronts and brownfields. To help its mayors, city councils and other local officials revitalize vacant commercial, industrial and residential properties, Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development assembled a comprehensive guide that chronicles 30 years of city and town revitalization efforts in the Keystone State. The Community Revitalization Desktop Guide, which can be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF, sets four goals for revitalizing communities: choose one asset-rich community to redevelop; prepare that redevelopment area for the market; welcome investment; and apply strategies that work. It also breaks down a three-step process for attracting private investment to spur new economic growth, provides four detailed case studies, and features interviews with Pennsylvania mayors who have revitalized their cities. To get the guide on a flash drive, call the Community Action Team at 1-866-466-3972.

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