Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Latest in Business Incubation

If you want to catch up on the latest trends in business incubation, accelerators, and related strategies, you’d be wise to join the National Business Incubation Association at its Summit for Advanced Incubation Professionals, to be held in Tampa, FL, … Continue reading

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Small, Gritty and Green

I just finished an interesting book, Small, Gritty and Green:  The Promise of Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World, by Catherine Tumber.  While I can’t say that I agree with all aspects of Tumber’s arguments, I can highly recommend … Continue reading

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Hoya Challenge

Tomorrow, I’m going to serve as a judge for the Hoya Challenge, a cool and fun business plan competition open to all students at Georgetown University.   Lots of schools sponsor business plan competitions–in fact, the Kauffman Foundation has even developed … Continue reading

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The GE Innovation Barometer

Last week, GE released the second edition of its Innovation Barometer.  This is a very interesting look at how the world’s top CEOs view the global business environment, and innovation’s role in their company’s prospects.   The reports contain loads of … Continue reading

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Beyond Smart Growth: Save the Date

Until quite recently, most of the discussions about smart growth and sustainability have been about ideas like walkability, transit-oriented development, and combatting sprawl.  These efforts are all laudable.  But it’s tough to worry about these topics if your local economy is … Continue reading

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Local Economy: February 2012 Issue Now Available

The newest (February 2012) issue of Local Economy, an excellent British journal on economic development issues,  is now available here.  American readers may be particularly interested in a piece by my friend and colleague, Cathy Renault, which examines how US economic development programs … Continue reading

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Obama’s Government Reorganization Plan: Some (Very) Early Thoughts

President Obama has just announced new plans for goverment reorganization that seek to create a new consolidated agency that focuses on helping business compete.   My first reaction is Hallelujah!  It’s not like this is a new idea—I can remember debating … Continue reading

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New Training Opportunity: Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies

On February 13, I’ll be up in Albany, NY, to kick off the International Economic Development Council’s  (IEDC) Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies course.  If you’re looking for a quick introduction to entrepreneurial development, this is a good course … Continue reading

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The State of Economic Development Spending FY2012

My colleagues at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness have just released their annual compendium of state economic development budgets acrosss the US.  The full data release is available only to members of the Council for Community Economic Research, but … Continue reading

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Blueprint Mississippi 2011

Business and community leaders across Mississippi have been involved for the past year in an extensive process to reassess and, where relevant, reorient the state’s economic and workforce development and education priorities.  This effort has culminated in the release of … Continue reading

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