MDP Releases Guide Incorporating Economic Development into Local Planning

“Placing Jobs” Models & Guidelines Emphasizes Job Creation in Comprehensive Plans


BALTIMORE, MD (January 8, 2015) – How do you attract jobs to your area? Where should those jobs be located? What resources, incentives and best practices are available to guide local governments?

Placing Jobs, a new online resource from the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP), outlines how Maryland jurisdictions can plan for strategically placed economic development using the local comprehensive plan process.

Business and job growth work best when planning lays the groundwork for economic activity where resources, infrastructure, services and human capital already exist. In fact, Maryland’s economic development can be most effective when it is integrated with land use planning that encourages activities in targeted growth areas, such as cities and towns. It also can enhance rural places when linked to resource-based activities, services and industries, such as agriculture and tourism.

placingjobs248Placing Jobs presents a step-by-step guide to writing economic development elements, from crafting a strong introduction to analyzing fiscal impacts, and provides links to best practices in Maryland. It offers a framework to local leaders to integrate land use and economic strategies that direct investment toward infill, redevelopment and revitalization in local comprehensive plans.

By promoting local economic development strategies among planners, economic development professionals, elected officials and the business community, Placing Jobs fills a significant gap in comprehensive planning.

placingjobs250The resource makes it easy for planners by providing a detailed outline for developing an economic development element and listing an inventory of resources, policies and incentives that can be considered in crafting or evaluating economic development strategies. Information regarding data sources is included in the Economic Data section to help jurisdictions use the best available data.

It is the 31st installment in MDP’s Models & Guidelines series of guidance documents, created to help local governments implement Maryland policies and achieve community development goals.


Placing Jobs incorporates economic development resources and incentives from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Department of Labor and Licensing and Regulation, the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Department of Planning. In addition, the Maryland Department of Agriculture and Maryland Energy Administration have programs and incentives that can complement economic development efforts.

Valerie Berton (410) 767-4544 (o) (410) 240-5406 (c)
John Coleman (410) 767-4614 (o)

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