Monthly Archives: September 2012

Do Innovation Prizes Work?

The Obama Administration loves innovation and challenge competitions.  In fact, it seems like they announce a new one every week.  It’s getting to the point where one can tire of non-stop prizes–whatever happened to regular programs that provide funding opportunities … Continue reading

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Neighbor.ly: Crowdfunding Community Development

I may be late to the game, but I recently came across an interesting new crowdfunding site–Neighbor.ly–which pitches itself as the civic crowdfunding platform.   It works much like a typical crowdfunding platform, ala Kickstarter, Kiva, or Prosper.  But, in this … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Fifth? Understanding and Supporting Your Community’s Independent Workforce

The latest issue of the IEDC Economic Development Journal came out this week. It includes my article, “The Forgotten Fifth?  Understanding and Supporting Your Community’s Independent Workforce,” which examines the growing economic importance of freelancers and independent workers (i.e. the 1099 … Continue reading

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EntreWorks Insights, September 2012 now available!

The latest edition of our quarterly newsletter, EntreWorks Insights, is now available here.  This issue examines the potential for Social Impact Bonds as a tool for funding community and economic development projects.   If you’re not yet a subscriber, you can … Continue reading

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Rural Development: Time for Action on the Farm Bill!

The House and Senate are back in action after a long summer recess and the Presidential conventions.  As usual, they face a full plate of unfinished business.   They should be giving priority to enacting a new Farm Bill with a … Continue reading

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CityWorks(X)po is on the Way!

Last fall, I had the good fortune to attend the inaugural CityWorks(X)po in Roanoke, VA.   This conference, and related activities, are all focused on effective and creative place-making strategies in smaller cities.  They seek to spark what the founders call … Continue reading

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