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Best E-Newsletters for Economic Developers


It’s the 21st century, and when it comes to staying abreast of the latest economic development news, let’s be honest with ourselves: our inboxes are completely full, our organic search skills can barely keep up with the latest technologies, and sometimes we simply need more time to wade through the internet and find stories that are important to us.

On the other hand, it’s the 21st century, so there are more e-newsletters than we could ever dream of, covering the gamut of industries and here to save the day with quick roundups of (almost) everything we need to know to remain fresh, knowledgeable and innovative place-makers.

Here are five of our favorite newsletters that help us stay up-to-date with the latest news, projects and insight from places around the world:


CityLab Daily

The CityLab Daily typically provides a short, digestible recap of an important or trending national storyline, as well as a roundup of the latest stories by CityLab and other national media outlets that its staff are following.


CityLab Navigator

This newsletter comes to your inbox every Friday, just in time to give you a quick brain break from the weekly chaos and spark inspiration with interesting, in-depth travel and culture stories from around the world. What’s more, Navigator always wraps up with “View from the ground,” a project by CityLab to share a handful of beautiful, hand-picked Instagram photos submitted by readers who tag #citylabontheground.


Planetizen Newswire

For those looking to stay in tune with “the local stuff” and hear about projects taking shape in every nook and cranny of the world, this newsletter is a must: it features a roundup of articles from trade publications that cover urban planning and economic development, and also spotlights stories from local and regional outlets like The Denver Post, St Louis Post-Dispatch, The Baltimore Sun and The Oregonian. We also love how Planetizen bloggers break down large, in-depth stories into brief, easy-to-read summaries.


Next City Daily

Next City is one of our favorite industry publications for its unique and fresh coverage of how design, policy and entrepreneurship can help cities remain economically competitive while addressing critical environmental and social issues. Next City’s daily newsletter provides a recap of the outlet’s most popular stories, and there’s also a weekly option for those who prefer a clean inbox.


City Observatory’s The Week Observed

 This newsletter is distributed every Friday and provides a quick overview of the most important articles, blog posts and research on American cities to help readers keep up with the ongoing debate about how to create prosperous, equitable and livable cities.


Have a favorite newsletter or another recommendation that wasn’t mentioned above? Feel free to reach out and share it with us!


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