Artist Relocation Program

An interesting way to promote the economic redevelopment of an older city is to create an artist relocation program.  The City of Paducah has one of the oldest and most successful programs, summarized on the web site below:

The following is a possible program that a city could implement. Please feel free to use it for your program.

Our city is looking for a few good artists. The city is developing an Artist Relocation Program. We want artists to move into our great community, and help us redevelop our new avante garde neighborhoods near our thriving downtown. We want quality artists everywhere, creating a lovely dynamic creative neighborhood designed by artists for artists.

We have some great redeveloping neighborhoods where an artist can find a work-live loft at an affordable cost. We have programs that provide help for artists to purchase and rehabilitate old warehouses. And we have developers who are rehabbing space designed to house artist studios and residences.

Take a look at:

All our programs


Renaissance Park


Outdoor Sculpture

Home buying assistance

Affordable Homes

Great Rentals


Check out the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Sculpture program at:

APA Economic Development

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Dear Craig:

Our latest blog post on Joan Fitzgerald's 2010 book, Emerald CitiesUrban Sustainability and Economic Development, is by Bob Lewis, AICP, Chair of the Economic Development Division. Bob's company, Development Strategies, Inc., is involved in an experimental venture that the City of St. Louis is embarking to effectively determine how it can adapt to the themes raised by Ms. Fitzgerald’s book. "I’m thankful that I read Emerald Citiesbefore the City called me!" he says. "You should read it too — just in case..."

Development Strategies, Inc.'s role in the St. Louis project — being called the Climate Sustainability Plan — is to identify metrics that economically justify going green. Although "sustainable" development is a movement with immense momentum around the globe today, it is a movement that still has to prove its economic value. 

Thus the need for economic metrics. The questions become, "Does this save money?" and "How?" Inquiring residents and businesses — who are asked to pay for going green — will want to know. 

A quote from the book calls cities "the Saudi Arabia of energy efficiency." As Bob says, in other words, "there’s gold in them thar cities. All we have to do is find ways to mine it." What savings do we get from greener approaches to managing and operating our cities? What added economic development do we attract by going green, or at least greener? 

To read the full blog post, see:

We encourage you to post comments!

As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding the blog, or wish to contribute materials. 

Shana R. Johnson
EDD Secretary-Treasurer


Shana R. Johnson
Principal, Civic Synergy, LLC
7001 Loisdale Road, Suite C
Springfield, VA 22150

Twitter: @shana_johnson

Inner Suburbs Short of Housing

"Inner suburbs will run short of housing, ULI says"

 Philip Langdon
New Urban Network
"The appeal of close-in suburban neighborhoods is rising because of their proximity to major employment centers and because of transit options, Patrick L. Phillips, CEO of the Urban Land Institute, said Feb. 12 in a program on “Sustainable Suburbs: Re-Imagining the Inner Ring” sponsored by the North Carolina  State University College of Design and the Raleigh Department of City Planning."


By STEPHEN J. DUBNER Here’s the Steelers-Packers Contest Answer
We ran a contest yesterday with a simple question: what do the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers have in common? There are many correct answers, but there was one in particular I was looking for. I was worried it might be hard, and I was ready to step in and give a clue. But I was wrong to be worried. The post went up at 10:30 a.m.; the first correct answer came in at 10:31 a.m., in the very first comment: