Monthly Archives: January 2011

Putting Strategy Back in the CEDS Process

Last week, I had the pleasure of assisting with the faciliaton of a forum sponsored by the National Association of Development Organizations and focused on how to improve the US Economic Development Administration’s CEDS (Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Process) process.  EDA rules … Continue reading

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Report from Richmond: In Tough Times, Invest in the Future

In tough economic times, many elected officials make investment cuts that come to haunt them in the future.  Cuts in education, infrastructure, and economic development programs can have major long-term repercussions, and years of lost investment opportunities cannot always be … Continue reading

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From Redfields to Greenfields

You’ve probabably heard of greenfields and brownfields, but what about redfields?  That’s the new term of art for commerical properties that have become abandoned because of foreclosures or other forms of red ink.   These properties can become a real public … Continue reading

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Washington Policy Outlook 2011: The View from Capitol Hill

The 2010 elections have wrought big changes in key Congressional committees with interest in innovation policy, technology, and economic development.  The biggest changes come with the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives.  New chairmen and staffs are in place … Continue reading

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