Major League Winners Using Sports and Cultural Centers as Tools for Economic Development pdf

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Major League Winners Using Sports and Cultural Centers as Tools for Economic Development by Mark S Rosentraub pdf

Major League Winners Using Sports and Cultural Centers as Tools for Economic Development by Mark S Rosentraub pdf free download. Any book appearing in the midst of a severe recession discussing the use of sports and culture to rebuild cities might seem to be either irrelevant or insensitive. Some could consider it irrelevant because its focus seemingly ignores the quintessential issue of our day: “How does America restart its economy?” Other people might consider the book insensitive in that it analyzes sports, culture, and entertainment—what some might consider frivolous luxuries—at a time when millions of people have lost their jobs and homes.

Major League Winners Using Sports and Cultural Centers as Tools for Economic Development by Mark S Rosentraub pdf

When I began this book, I, like many of my academic colleagues, did not believe a complete collapse of the nation’s financial system was imminent. We did not expect to see job losses of 500,000 or more per month for several months, and we did not think mayors and community leaders would be struggling to provide basic services while engaging in the work to rebuild local economies. As this book appears, however, it is my conviction that what is described in the pages that follow makes a definite (and important) contribution to the fundamental issue of rebuilding the economies of America’s cities.

Major League Winners Using Sports and Cultural Centers as Tools for Economic Development by Mark S Rosentraub pdf

How does this book make its contribution? I have been involved in the study of sports and cities, sports economics, and sports management since 1976. Every study, academic article, op-ed piece, book, or assignment with civic leaders focused on keeping or bringing sports and culture to a downtown area was driven by one overarching policy directive. How can a city and region (or our city and region when I worked directly with community leaders or as a public official in Cleveland) diversify its economic base, attract the human capital needed by emerging industries, and retain entrepreneurs without sports and culture? That policy question or issue always raised two others.

Major League Winners Using Sports and Cultural Centers as Tools for Economic Development by Mark S Rosentraub pdf

One question came from those opposed to investments or subsidies for sports and culture. The other question came from a particular project’s strongest supporters. The first question was: “Can sports and culture really matter for a city’s economic and social development?” The second question—the one from projects supporters—was: “Can you help us do it at the least cost to taxpayers”?
I would submit the answers to these questions are even more relevant today. The economic crisis that grips America will impact each region differently. No region will be unaffected.

Major League Winners Using Sports and Cultural Centers as Tools for Economic Development by Mark S Rosentraub pdf

But those areas that will feel the effects least and recover fastest will be those that have succeeded in building the most diversified economic bases and have the largest concentration of human capital with the widest sets of skills. As Richard Florida points out, New York City was the epicenter of the financial crisis and those employed in money and banking produced more than one-fifth of the region’s income. Yet, only 8 percent of the workforce was employed in what was the overblown and excessively compensated financial sector.

Major League Winners Using Sports and Cultural Centers as Tools for Economic Development by Mark S Rosentraub pdf

Major League Winners Using Sports and Cultural Centers as Tools for Economic Development by Mark S. Rosentraub pdf


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