Monthly Archives: July 2012

Roanoke-Blacksburg Innovation Blueprint Roll-out

On Tuesday, our partners in Roanoke-Blacksburg (VA) officially rolled out the Roanoke-Blacksburg Innovation Blueprint–the result of 18 months of thinking and strategizing about how to best capitalize on the many innovation assets in the Roanoke and the New River Valleys.  … Continue reading

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Time to Embrace Worst Practices???

If I had a dime for every time someone mentioned the need to embrace “best practices,” I’d be a rich man.  It makes intuitive sense to benchmark yourself against the best when trying new ideas, building partnerships or developing new … Continue reading

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs on Main Street

It seems like there is new study on immigrant entrepreneurs released  nearly every week now.  Most of these studies focus on high tech entrepreneurs and issues like H1B visas, start-up visas, foreign graduate students and the like.  But, what about the … Continue reading

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Using Indicators to Drive Community Change: Best in Class Regions

The Community Indicators Consortium is a network that deserves more attention and recognition.  This is a global consortium of community leaders who are working with new approaches, such as benchmarking and the creation of community indicator reports, to link data … Continue reading

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Revitalizing Appalachia: New Directions for Philanthropy

Back in March, I had the privilege of making a presentation on new economic development trends to the Appalachian Funders Network, a coalition of leading foundations who invest in regional development in Appalachia.   A new report that summarizes the gathering … Continue reading

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