Economic Development

Promoting vibrant and prosperous communities

USC Price School research analyzes drivers of economic development, examining employment strategies to promote growth; how fashion, art and culture affect economies; and the role of hospitals and clinics in neighborhood economic development. The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal), led by the Price School – USC Center for Economic Development in partnership with the City of L.A., has helped create 5,300+ jobs and retain 3,200+ more across the region’s aerospace and defense sectors since 2014.

Economic Development Impact

How USC Price is informing policy decisions and making an impact in the community

“The rise of Los Angeles as one of the great cities of the world is in no small part the story of manufacturing. But the challenge will be: What does manufacturing mean in the 21st century? I’m so proud that USC is on the forefront of these issues.”

USC Provost Michael Quick

Economic Development News

Stories featuring USC Price research and expertise

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USC Price faculty and students share their expertise in policy areas that are shaping the world.

“Our collaboration unites the region to grapple with the complex issues facing the aerospace and defense industries. By helping them fulfill their workforce needs, compete globally and adopt advanced manufacturing technologies, we will keep Southern California on the cutting edge.”

Leonard Mitchell
CED executive director, on the AMP SoCal partnership with the City of L.A.

Academic Programs related to Economic Development

Economic Development Faculty

Explore USC Price faculty and their cross-disciplinary scholarship

Tridib BanerjeeProfessor
James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning
Urban design, comparative urbanism, urban sprawl, developing world urbanization, planning theory
Elizabeth Currid-Halkett headshotElizabeth Currid-HalkettProfessor
James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning
Economic development, cultural economy, social networks, urban growth, economic geography
Eric HeikkilaProfessor
Director, Office of Global Engagement
Urban development, economic development, East Asian cities, urban economics, urban information systems
Leonard MitchellProfessor of the Practice of Economic Development
Executive Director, Center for Economic Development
Real estate development finance and law, regional and local economic development, economic development finance and law, international trade finance and law
Christian L. RedfearnAssociate Professor
Borstein Family Endowed Professor of Real Estate
Public policy, urban economics, housing markets, real estate finance
Jovanna RosenResearch Assistant ProfessorCommunity and economic development, community investment, urban sustainability
Shui Yan Tang headshotShui Yan TangProfessor
Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor in Public Administration
Chair, Department of Governance, Management and the Policy Process
Institutional Analysis and Design; Collaborative Governance; Local and Community-based Governance; Common-Pool Resource Governance; Environmental Politics and Policy; Microfinance
Michael ThomAssociate Professor (Teaching)Taxation; public finance; regulatory policy; public policy analysis; political philosophy
USC Center for Economic Development

Move jobs to people, not people to jobs.

Establishing Green Tech companies in the Inland Empire brings family wage job opportunities closer to home – shorter commutes, less traffic, reduced pollution, and a better quality of life for the whole community. Find out more about the Green Valley Initiative and other projects contributing to USC’s Center for Economic Development’s work in facilitating sustainable economic development opportunities throughout Southern and Central California.

Visit the USC Center for Economic Development website