In FY 2004, FHWA completed an economic development highway initiative based on direction from Congress. A briefing and other information on this initiative is available at Economic Development Highways Initiative - Public Briefing. Studies of corridors in the following States are available: Alabama (US 43, US 80 and Auto manufacturing), California (in Fresno and Imperial County), Louisiana (Lincoln and Morehouse Parish), Montana (US 2), North Carolina (US 64), Pennsylvania (I-99), South Dakota (Pine Ridge Indian Reservation), Texas (US 83), and West Virginia (southwest counties).
A number of papers have been done for TRB related events. For example, a paper entitled, paper on Economic Development was presented at a 1999 TRB event. Papers on Economic Development and Highways History and Economic Development vs. Benefit Cost policy during TEA-21 were presented at a 2002 TRB meeting.
The author's notes in the 2nd 2002 paper refer to the author's notes in the 1st 2002 paper.
In the summer 2002 issue of the magazine Public Roads, there is an article entitled, "Do Better Roads Mean More Jobs?"
"FHWA has drawn on its experience in the economic development highways initiative and various other work to develop a typology of economic development highway projects. This was the subject of a 2003 TRB paper by Martin Weiss of FHWA and Roger Figura of AECOM . The final analytical product derived from the initiative was a 2004 TRB paper (presented for the 9th National Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities, sponsored by TRB committee, A1D05), by the same two people on lessons learned, which includes a more refined typology including analytic methodologies.