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date: 11 November 2019

(p. ix) Preface

(p. ix) Preface

In December 2011, Mary and David organized a conference in La Jolla, California, that brought together leading scholars, policymakers, thought leaders, and decision-makers in business from around the world to identify what could be done to enhance the local competitiveness of places. We are grateful to the Dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs of Indiana University, John D. Graham, and Robert Strom of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for providing financial support for that conference. Oxford University Press was so encouraged by this initial conference that editors suggested we put together this Handbook of Local Competitiveness. We would like to thank Scott Parris, Executive Editor of Economics and Finance at Oxford University Press, for his highly valuable support and guidance in preparing several drafts and iterations of this Handbook. We are also grateful to Cathryn Vaulman, Assistant Editor at Oxford University Press, for her very helpful assistance in bringing the Handbook to fruition. We also are very grateful to Ms. Aileen Richardson and Chemain Nanney of the Institute of Development Strategies at Indiana University for their invaluable inputs and assistance. (p. x)