Monthly Archives: August 2011

Public Business Loan Funds: STILL an Untapped Resource

Last week, I participated in a conference sponsored by the National Association of Development Organization’s (NADO) Economic Development Finance Service (EDFS).  EDFS is a coalition of organizations that manage federally-backed business loan funds, generally capitalized with money from the Small Business … Continue reading

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Regional Analysis Tools: Training Opportunities Ahead

If you’re interested in learning about the latest tools and techniques for analyzing and understanding your regional economy, you might check out an upcoming training program sponsored by the Council for Community Economic Research and the Labor Market Training Institute.    … Continue reading

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Local Job Growth in the 1099 Economy

Readers of this blog and our newsletter know that I have a strong interest in what’s happening in the 1099 economy, the growing sector of self-employment ventures, free lancers, and independent consultants.  See our latest newsletter here.  It’s hard to … Continue reading

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Scenario Planning in Philadelphia

I’ve always been a fan of scenario planning, where organizations or communities proceed through a process that prompts them to think deeply about future opportunities and challenges.  Unlike other planning processes, scenario thinking really pushes participants to think over the long term—out … Continue reading

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Making Wind Power Work

Many communities, especially in the Midwest and the Great Plains, are looking to wind power as a future economic engine.   The vision is great–develop the local economy while also promoting renewable energy.  But, the reality is much tougher.  This is … Continue reading

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