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Dr. Forman's Retirement

Dr. Maury Forman, my favorite author on economic development, announced his retirement earlier this year.

A veteran of the field, he served for 26 years in the State of Washington's Department of Commerce.

His body of work has had an invaluable impact on my understanding of the profession and the process of economic development.

I was first introduced to Dr. Forman's literature as an intern at the Metro Atlanta Chamber in 2012 when my boss at the time, Larry Williams, gave me a stack of around six or seven big, educational-looking books. The books typically had an author or two, but the one name they all had in common: Maury Forman.

As it turns out, Larry and Dr. Forman worked together at the State of Washington Department of Commerce. Larry's unselfish gifts to me opened the door to the simplistic yet information-intensive works of Dr. Maury Forman. As a result, I gained an understanding of economic development that I don't think I could have ever learned in a classroom.

Of Dr. Forman's books, Learning to Lead had the most profound impact on my understanding of economic and community development. I cannot name a better book on business attraction than Race to RecruitYour Town a Destination has been the best work on tourism and downtown development that I have ever read to date. I was able to build a website by following the detailed steps in Building an Economic Development Website. And, I scan The Ten Commandments for Economic Development at least twice a week because the lessons are so fundamental.

So, this post is to honor and thank Dr. Maury B. Forman for his work in the study, advancement and advocacy of economic development. I wish you a happy retirement!

My collection of books by Dr. Maury Forman.


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