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'Entrepreneurial Planning' and Urban Telecommunications-oriented Development: The Case of Springfield, Massachusetts

Nunes, Richard J.; (2003) 'Entrepreneurial Planning' and Urban Telecommunications-oriented Development: The Case of Springfield, Massachusetts. Masters thesis, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Green open access

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Abstract

Set in the context of a growing trend toward increased privatization, changes in information technology and telecommunications infrastructure pose both challenges and opportunities for economic development. These developments have led to an emergent telecommunications-oriented strategic approach to urban planning. It is increasingly common that these policies couple urban media strategies with urban-wide economic development strategies together into one ‘high-tech’ economic development package. Under the rubric of ‘urban telecommunications-oriented planning’ strategies, the problem with these policies is when they are often viewed as new technological ‘quick fix’ solutions to complex urban problems. This thesis examines the potential for ‘high-tech’ economic development strategies as a catalyst for redevelopment, and their implications for the role of local government and non-profit organizations. In what is an overall trend toward privatization or the outsourcing of traditional municipal services, it will (1) illustrate how industry and government have undergone an ‘entrepreneurial shift,’ and (2) identify how this trend, concomitant with changes in information technology and telecommunications infrastructure, poses both challenges and opportunities for economic development. Finally, it will (3) define what role local government must take as entrepreneurial planners.

Type:Thesis (Masters)
Title:'Entrepreneurial Planning' and Urban Telecommunications-oriented Development: The Case of Springfield, Massachusetts
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language:English
Additional information:Approved for inclusion by Dr M. Tewdwr-Jones
Keywords:technology-led economic development, governance, 'entrepreneurial planning'
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School > Bartlett School of Planning

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