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A Guide to Plan Building: Section 5

Executive Summary for Section 5: Economic Development

The Economic Development Element will be a compilation of objectives, goals, policies, maps, and programs to promote the stabilization, retention, or expansion of the economic base and quality employment opportunities in the local governmental unit, including an analysis of the labor force and economic base of the local governmental unit. This element of the plan will assess categories or particular types of new businesses and industries that are desired by the local governmental unit and will assess the local government's strengths and weaknesses with respect to attracting and retaining businesses and industries, and will designate an adequate number of sites for such businesses and industries. This element also will evaluate and promote the use of environmentally contaminated sites for commercial or industrial uses. Also the community should identify county, regional, and state economic development policies and programs that apply to the community.

However, some aspects of development merit continual scrutiny because of their implications for society and the environment. Economic growth-related development should be sustainable. Section 5 of the "Guide to Planning for Coastal Communities in Wisconsin" addresses the following coastal issues related to economic development: marina capacity and expansion, port and harbor development/redevelopment, commercial fishing, waterfront/coastal capital improvements, land values, downtown core connections/parking/public nodes, brownfields, and commercial shipping.

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