Jul 5, 2016

Economic Development and Redevelopment

City Economic Development and Redevelopment

Planning and Revitalization
Leave your community better than you found it

.      Economic Development is a critical component for any government.  You must seek to improve your community, both through quality new development and in the redevelopment of older or declining portions of your community.

       This on line book is frequently updated and revised. It will help you plan and revitalize your community.

      Read it on line - saving the environment.  It is free which saves you green. It is interactive - you can edit or write new content in the last chapters. Thank you for your review.

Click on the Chapter to Read
Introduction - Why Plan, When You Can React?
The Comprehensive Plan
The Economic Develoment Strategy
Post Recession Economic Development
Future Trends in Economic Development
Redevelopment Agreements
Citizen Leaders
City Council / Village Board
Chairman Planning Commission / EDC 
Planning Commission / Economic Development Commission 
Staff Leaders
Planner / Economic Development Director
Public Works Director
Development Programs

Retention, Expansion, and Attraction
Smart Growth
Sustainable Development
Economic Development Incentives
Facade Improvement Programs
Downtown Development
Akumni Housing
One Page Plans
Green Sculpture Park
OGM - Other Goverments Money
Gift Catalog
Social Marketing

Case Studies and Proposals
Tinley Park Convention Center and Hotel
Warehouse District Redevelopment City of Peoria
Tax Increment Financing in Peoria
Transit Oriented Development
Build America Now
Eagle View Industrial Development

New Chapters

Beth Ruyle is a Partner in Ruyle Hullinger and Associates. She was formerly a Financial Advisor with Ehlers and Associates, where she undertook a myriad of projects in fiscal strategic planning, economic development, intergovernmental programs and public finance. She previously served as the Director of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association for over twenty years. She led thirty eight municipalities in this Council of Governments in the development of plans and programs. Ruyle earned her Master Degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia.  Contact her at: 
309 966 1616
Chuck Eckenstahler (AICP & CED Retired), semi-retired in 2008 from a 35-year career as an active full-time municipal planning, economic development and real estate consultant.  He helped originate and teaches economic development subjects in the Certificate in Economic Development Program offered by the Graduate School of Business at Purdue North Central, Westville, Indiana and also serves on the faculty of the Lowell Stahl Center for Commercial Real Estate Studies at Lewis University, Oakbrook Illinois. Contact him at:

Craig Hullinger AICP has 35 years of experience in economic development, city planning, and transportation planning. He is a Partner in the consulting firm of Ruyle Hullinger and Associates. He was formerly the Economic Development Director of Peoria, the Director of Land Use for Will County, and the Village Manager of Olympia Fields, Minooka, and University Park. He is member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a Vietnam Veteran, and is a retired Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve. Contact him at:
309 634 5557