I have spent my career in the economic development field. Over my 40-year career, I have seen the "good, bad, and ugly" of economic development.
At times, I have been an "economic hit man," much like the career professional described by John Perkins in his bestselling book, The Confessions of an Economic Hit Man," which describes how Perkins and other economic hit men greased the skids for multinational corporations to bilk millions of dollars out of developing countries on development projects. The role of economic developers is often the same.
Watch for for my new book, which challenges the current philosophy underlying local economic development and defines a better one grounded in ethics, wisdom, and sustainability.