GeoSpotlight: Economic Development

Choosing Amazon’s New Headquarters

As Amazon narrows down their list of potential locations for their second major headquarters, key considerations like economic environment, technology growth, and job growth are top of mind. The Milken Institute’s annual Best-Performing Cities index details these factors in determining city performance. Learn more about each of Amazon’s finalist city considerations through Miliken’s interactive breakdown:

  1. Raleigh
  2. Dallas
  3. Nashville
  4. Austin
  5. Atlanta
  6. Denver
  7. Boston
  8. Miami
  9. Los Angeles
  10. Columbus
  11. Indianapolis
  12. New York
  13. Philadelphia
  14. Chicago
  15. Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, Montgomery County (evaluated as one region)
  16. Pittsburgh

Fastest Growing Economies 2018

Ten years after the global recession, developing economies have emerged as the collective engine responsible for three quarters of world growth – led by policy-reformed India, and trade-oriented countries in East Africa and Asia.


Experts say the common features behind the relative success of economies like Ethiopia, India, Uzbekistan and Cambodia is robust, and includes: middle-class-driven domestic consumption; sound trade policies; tech-enabled financial inclusion; new partnerships; and significant government spending on infrastructure.


According to the World Bank, emerging markets are projected to grow at 4.1 percent in 2018, compared to a modest but relatively positive growth forecast of 1.9 percent among advanced economies. The World Bank projects global growth of 2.7 percent overall for 2018.


Please visit the following sites for additional information:


Nasdaq: 5 Fastest Growing Economies 


World Economic Forum: 2017 Fastest Growing Economies


Global Finance: Highest GDP Growth 2017

World Tourism Organization: Sustainable Development of Tourism

Sustainable tourism development requires the informed participation of all relevant stakeholders, as well as strong political leadership to ensure wide participation and consensus building. Achieving sustainable tourism is a continuous process and it requires constant monitoring of impacts, introducing the necessary preventive and/or corrective measures whenever necessary.View Website »

National Association for County Community and Economic Development

The National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED) was established as an affiliate of the National Association of Counties (NACo) in 1978 to develop the technical capacity of county government practitioners that administer federally-funded affordable housing, community development, and economic development programs benefiting low- and moderate-income households.View Website »

International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. From public to private, rural to urban and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.View Website »

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Reflection on development is at the heart of UNCTAD’s work. It produces often-innovative analyses that form the basis for recommendations to economic policymakers. The aim is to help them take informed decisions and promote the macroeconomic policies best suited to ending global economic inequalities and to generating people-centered sustainable development.View Website »

Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI)

DAI works on the frontlines of international development. Transforming ideas into action—action into impact. DAI is committed to shaping a more livable world, and tackles fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability.View Website »

Center for Global Development

CGD conducts research and analysis on a wide range of topics related to how policies and actions of the rich and powerful affect poor people in the developing world. Examples include aid effectiveness, climate change, education, globalization, health, migration and trade. Drawing on our research, we actively engage with thought leaders, policymakers, and others to move our ideas to action.


We organize work that is related to proposals for specific, practical policy improvements into initiatives, such as Development Impact Bonds, Cash-on-Delivery Aid, Preemptive Contract Sanctions, Oil to Cash, and More Health for the Money. Our Commitment to Development Index annually ranks more than two dozen high-income countries on the seven main policy areas that influence development outcomes: aid, trade, investment, migration, environment, security, and technology.View Website »

The Laboratory Safety Institute

The Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI) was founded in 1978 by Dr. James A. Kaufman to provide safety training for secondary school science teachers. Today, LSI has grown to become "An International Center for Health, Safety and Environmental Affairs."View Website »

Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance

The Silicon Valley EDA is a regional partnership of economic development professionals who bring together public and private resources to ensure the success of businesses in Silicon Valley.

Established in 1993, Joint Venture Silicon Valley provides analysis and action on issues affecting our region's economy and quality of life. The organization brings together established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues and work toward innovative solutions.View Website »

The Insight Center for Community Economic Development

The Insight Center for Community Economic Development is a national research, consulting, and legal organization dedicated to building economic health in vulnerable communities. The Insight Center’s mission is to help people and communities become, and remain, economically secure.


The Insight Center believes that the pathway to sustainable growth for our country and its people lies in strengthening our most vulnerable and economically detached populations.


The Insight Center envisions a nation where all people have access to the resources, opportunities and support they need to help them realize their potential and achieve economic security. We envision a nation of individuals and families with sufficient income, quality education, decent and affordable housing and health care, child and elder care, a safe environment, and savings and other economic assets.View Website »

Caribbean Development Bank

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is a regional financial institution that was established to contribute to the harmonious economic growth and development of the member countries in the Caribbean. Its mission is also to promote economic cooperation and integration among its member countries, having special and urgent regard to the needs of the less developed members of the regions.View Website »

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation

Norad is devoted to the fight against poverty, as well as helping to empower recipient countries to achieve their own development goals. The majority of Norwegian development assistance is administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norwegian foreign missions. In the case of aid funds that are not administered by Norad, the agency provides advice on what is required to achieve results, communicates results and contributes to debate on the effects of development assistance.View Website »

Economic Development Association Scotland

The Economic Development Association Scotland (EDAS) was formed to provide a range of supports and services to those with an interest in economic development in Scotland. EDAS aims to facilitate a substantial improvement in the effectiveness of economic development activity in Scotland through raising knowledge, skills and networks of those involved in all aspects of economic development.

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ALADI - Latin American Integration Association

The Latin American Integration Association (ALADI) is comprised of 13 member countries. ALADI supports the creation of an area of economic preferences in the region with the ultimate goal of creating a Latin American common market through three mechanisms. These include a regional tariff preference, regional agreements and partial agreements.View Website »

PARP—Polish Agency for Enterprise Development

The mission of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) is to act for the benefit of Polish economic and social development. The primary objective is to develop the sector of small and medium-size enterprises in Poland by supporting exports, strengthening the competitive position of Polish enterprises on foreign markets and making it easier for small and medium-size enterprises to get in touch with foreign companies in their business. View Website »


Despite a decade of strong economic growth and falling unemployment, Brazil’s middle class is now demanding better public services, lower prices and cleaner politicians. A Time Magazine report explains, that the current protests stem from “a general lack of a return on high taxes, and point to inadequate government upkeep and spending on infrastructure, education and healthcare. That stands in stark contrast to the country’s preparations for the FIFA World Cup, which takes place in Brazil next year to the turn of some $14 billion of state investment.”

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Sable Network

The SABLE Accelerator aims to further South Africa’s economic interests through global knowledge transfer and the creation of a trusted expert network of expatriate South Africans willing to contribute back to their native country. The network provides mentoring and consulting services to South African companies, entrepreneurs, and institutions seeking to fund or commercialize innovation, as well as enter, grow, and partner in worldwide markets.View Website »


The Institute of Economic Development (IED) is the leading United Kingdom organisation for economic development practitioners.
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Invitalia's Inward Investment arm promotes inviting business opportunities and strives for the success of each investment project. It embodies a single and reliable national reference point for foreign investors eager to expand or to set up a new business in Italy by providing a full spectrum of services in all stages of the investment processView Website »

Invest in France Agency

The Invest in France Agency (IFA) promotes and facilitates international investment in France. The IFA network operates worldwide. The IFA works in partnership with regional development agencies to offer international investors business opportunities and customized services all over France.View Website »

Pakistan - Board of Investment

The BOI assists companies and investors who intend to invest in Pakistan as well as facilitates the implementation and operation of their projects. The wide range of services provided by BOI includes providing information on the opportunities for investment and facilitating companies that are looking for joint venture partners.

The BOI acts as a focal point of contact for prospective investors, both domestic and foreign to provide them with all necessary information and assistance in coordinating with other Government Departments/Agencies.View Website »

Thailand - Board of Investment

The Board of Investment is working to be your one-stop shop for service. The BOI helps investors in three key ways: To reduce the risks associated with investment, to reduce initial investment costs and to improve the overall rate of return on investment; and to provide support services at all times.View Website »

MIDA – Malaysia

The Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA) is the government's principal agency for the promotion of the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. MIDA assists companies which intend to invest in the manufacturing and services sectors, as well as facilitates the implementation of their projects. The wide range of services provided by MIDA include providing information on the opportunities for investments...View Website »

Singapore - IDA Singapore

Singapore sees the importance of infocomm as an engine of growth for the economy. The building of a vibrant infocomm ecosystem is key to supporting the vision of An Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015), A Global City, Powered by Infocomm. In building the ecosystem, three strategic thrusts have been articulated, namely encouraging sophisticated demand for infocomm, fostering the creation of innovative services and knowledge capital, and strengthening Singapore as an economic hub.View Website »

Ireland - IDA Ireland

The IDA is responsible for the attraction of Foreign Direct Investment to Ireland. Ireland as a location for FDI is ‘Open for Business’ helping companies from across the globe to excel in their sector and reach their target markets efficiently and effectively. Almost 1,000 companies – including some of the world’s best known brands – have chosen Ireland as the hub of their European networks because of the winning combination Ireland offers them.View Website »