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For many reasons, a political unit may decide to undertake a program of encouraging the establishment of industry within its borders. This may be effectively done by informing entrepreneurs of the locational advantages which sites within the jurisdiction offer and by increasing the attractiveness of the sites. Research necessary to provide industry with information about possible plant sites and resources will provide part of the data from which projections may be made as to future development of the area. When such projections indicate that an area is one which will in the future be a desirable location for industry, steps should be taken to ensure that private allocation of land use does not prevent the realization of this industrial potential. The preservation of the resource of potential industrial sites may be undertaken by zoning regulations and related devices and by condemnation or purchase, and preferably by a combination of these approaches. Whatever course is followed, the result in the long run should be to improve the economy of the political unit and to promote efficient land use and balanced development of the area. This result will follow both from the direct governmental control and from the influence of government control on development by private interests. If the plans are comprehensive and the projections accurate, substantial savings to the governmental unit may result from increased ability to anticipate future governmental demands for property, thus decreasing the net cost of developing the necessary thorough plans and projections.

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