When most people think of economic development, they think of job and wage growth. While job and wage growth are a large part of economic development, many people forget about placemaking and its contribution to economic development. Placemaking is the art of creating unique public spaces through design and planning processes that includes public-private partnerships.

Besides job opportunities, what makes people want to go to Boston, Denver, or Nashville? What attracts you to some of your favorite destinations?

Many of the answers you come up with will feed into the placemaking dynamic. These places are successful and they didn’t just happen, they were planned efforts.

Check out some of the placemaking efforts of Boston, Denver, and Nashville.