Monthly Archives: July 2011

Nurturing Entrepreneurs in Okoboji

If you happen to be in the Midwest next month, you should consider heading up to the Iowa Lakes region in Northwest Iowa where the 6th annual Okoboji Entrepreneurship Institute kicks off on August 7th.   Set on the shores of … Continue reading

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Grand Thoughts on Economic Sustainability

Economic sustainability is a popular buzzword nowadays, but understanding what sustainability really means is something of a challenge. What is a sustainable community?  Is it a city that embraces recycling, renewable energy, and other green technologies?  Or is it a community … Continue reading

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Minority Youth and Labor Market Success

In today’s struggling econonmy, it’s a tough job market for everybody.  But, few groups face the struggles and challenges confronting minority and immigrant youth.  A new Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report, Ensuring Labor Market Success for Ethnic … Continue reading

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Resilience Capacity Index

The past few years, characterized by major economic shocks and seemingly routine natural disasters, have led many economic developers and community leaders to think more deeply about the concept of community resilience, i.e., a community’s capacity to bounce back from … Continue reading

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“Best Places” Rankings: Buyer Beware!

Recently, I’ve had several people ask me about CNBC’s new “Top States for Business” rankings.  CNBC is not alone in developing rankings of this type.  You can find similar studies every year in Forbes and other business magazines, as well … Continue reading

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