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Thanks to COVID 19, it’s been a tough year and a half for most of us.  That is certainly true for economic developers who quickly pivoted to helping pandemic-businesses and
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I’ve been a long-time subscriber to Economic Development Quarterly, the leading academic journal for us economic development policy wonks.  I typically find helpful research in every issue, but the August
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I’m in the midst of reading an excellent new book that should be on the reading lists of anyone seeking to understand the challenges of rural development and of addressing
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We often read how great and sustained innovations emerge from crises.  This is certainly the case in history of American policy making.  One prominent example is US science and technology
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I recently got introduced to an excellent newish podcast that I can highly recommend.  Appalachia Meets World is a joint effort of Will and Neil Warren, who both grew up
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There has been a flurry of interesting policy reports released in the past week.  I’m going to plug two that I think are worth a deeper dive.  First, the Organization
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As we continue to “get back to work” as the pandemic subsides, we need to do a better job of identifying employment opportunities that propel people to productive and rewarding
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A recent West Virginia Gazette article has detailed the boom in new business starts across West Virginia.   For example, Summers County, in the heart of the Southern West Virginia coal
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I’m in the midst of reading an excellent new book from the University of Toronto’s Dan Breznitz:  Innovation in Real Places:  Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World.  I’ve enjoyed
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