Planning and Economic Development

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IPA works with local governments, state agencies, and community organizations on issues and opportunities related to the growth and development of Delaware and the region.  Focused on providing communities with practical and individualized approaches to issues of critical importance, IPA offers a wide variety of services addressing comprehensive planning and economic development.

Comprehensive Planning

From community visioning to implementation, IPA’s Planning Services group guides efforts to plan for the future growth, development, and preservation of Delaware’s communities.  IPA guides many of Delaware’s municipal and county governments through the process of completing comprehensive plans—documents that establish parameters for future development.  These clients also benefit from IPA’s assistance in areas such as land use–ordinance development, geographic information systems (GIS) mapping and analysis, and training on topics ranging from land-use law to public engagement.

Through a long-standing relationship with Delaware’s Office of State Planning Coordination (OSPC), IPA conducts policy research aimed at informing state planning and investment activities.  Recent initiatives focus on tracking statewide development trends and assessing the impacts of development on state revenues and expenditures.

For more information, contact Martin Wollaston (302-831-4930).

photo of Troy Mix presenting economic development strategy featuresEconomic Development

IPA’s economic-development work focuses on creating and sustaining community wealth.  Recent efforts include facilitating strategic economic-development processes, analyzing regional and local markets for development opportunities, and conducting and sharing research on emerging topics in economic development.  IPA partners with state and federal agencies, business groups, and local governments to strengthen the vitality of Delaware’s local and regional economies.

Through collaborative relationships University-wide, IPA is able to bring a variety of expertise to economic-development projects.  Currently, IPA partners with the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources and the College of Earth, Ocean & Environment on UD’s Sustainable Coastal Communities Initiative (SCC) and works with UD’s Small Business Development Center on projects impacting Southern Delaware.

For more information, contact Troy Mix (302-831-6191).