Henry Renski joined the faculty of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning in
the fall of 2007. He teaches courses in quantitative methods, Geographic Information
Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis, and state and local economic development policy. 

Dr. Renski’s research focuses on understanding the forces driving regional economic
competitiveness and transformation, and building upon this knowledge to improve the
effectiveness of economic development policy. His current work examines regional
influences on entrepreneurship; empirical tests of agglomeration theory; industrial
cluster analysis and cluster-based development strategies; and the application of
spatial-analytical techniques to local economic policy decision-making. 

Prior to joining LARP, Dr. Renski worked as a Special Assistant to the Governor of the
State of Maine as both the Deputy Program Manager of Maine’s WIRED (Workforce Innovations
in Economic Development) initiative and as a Research Economist with the Maine State
Planning Office. 

Regional Dimensions of Entrepreneurship


The influence of industry mix on regional new firm entry, forthcoming Regional Studies (2012)

Per capita rates of entry are commonly used to measure regional entrepreneurial climate. Yet entry...



New Business Creation in Rural New England, Communities & Banking: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (2011)

Entrepreneurship has been attracting attention as a

model for rural economic development following

several influential...



External economies of localization, urbanization and industrial diversity and new firm survival, Papers in Regional Science (2011)

This paper explores how external economies influence the survival of new, independent business establishments in...


New Firm Entry, Survival, and Growth in the United States, Journal of the American Planning Association (2009)

Problem: Many policymakers and planners believe that entrepreneurship is key to rejuvenating American communities amid...


Technology, Knowledge, and Skills


Workforce Skills and the Changing Knowledge Economy in Massachusetts (with Ryan Wallace), MassBenchmarks (2012)

Although the Massachusetts economy has clearly become more knowledge- and technology-intensive over the past two...


Industry Clusters: Theory, Methods & Policy

A new era of federal involvement in regional economic development? The case of the WIRED initiative, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy (2009)

In November 2005 the US Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration announced a bold...


Regional cluster analysis with interindustry benchmarks (with Edward Feser and Jun Koo), Targeting Regional Economic Development (2009)

Some industry cluster studies involve detailed examination of the characteristics and competitive foundations of the...



Clusters and economic development outcomes: An assessment of the link between clustering and economic growth in Appalachia (with Edward Feser and Harvey Goldstein), Economic Development Quarterly (2008)

Much of the existing empirical research on industry clusters focuses on the detection of clusters...


Differences in Labor versus Value Chain Industry Clusters: An Empirical Investigation, Growth and Change (2007)

Regional analysts often identify industry clusters according to a single dimension of industrial interdependence, typically...



A descriptive analysis of discrete US industrial complexes (with Edward J. Feser and Stuart H. Sweeney), Journal of Regional Science (2005)

We use the Getis/Ord local G statistic and detailed county-level industry employment data from the...


Applied Planning Methods

Evaluating the migration component of county-level population estimates, In review, Journal of Planning Education and Research (2012)

Accurate population estimates are critical to effective planning and policy. This study evaluates county population...



Evaluating Economic Development Programs using Matched Employee‐Employer data in a Quasi‐ Experimental Framework (2009)

In the wake of shrinking public coffers, policy makers are demanding greater accountability from their...


Quality of Life/Quality of Place


Place and Prosperity: Quality of Place as an Economic Driver (with Reilly J. Catherine), Maine Policy Review (2008)

recent report from the Brookings Institution commissioned by GrowSmart Maine concluded that achieving long-term economic...