This chapter retains the focus on policy and practice, but from a different angle. The previous chapters have presented many short examples of practices from many different places. To complement that breadth this chapter looks in more depth at the story of Pilsen, one neighbourhood in Chicago. In this way, the context and interconnectedness of a series of local economic development interventions can be analysed. The focus on Pilsen is then used in the second part of the chapter to highlight skills that can be used in regional and local economic development work. Skills are acquired during a career, though they may not be written down and reflected upon. Egan et al. (2004) argued that there are generic skills – skills that cut across traditional professional boundaries and are needed in a wide range of place development tasks. Similarly, Hague et al. (2006: 10) argued that ‘Skills such as creativity, a capacity to challenge assumptions and grasp the big picture, and governance skills such as communication and negotiation may not be entirely new. What is different is that today they are essential’.
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