Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Power of Extraordinary Companies: Qualcomm in San Diego

If you’re not a San Diego Chargers fan (they play in Qualcomm Stadium), you may not know much about Qualcomm, a major producer of wireless telecommunications equipment and a major force in the San Diego economy.   A new study from San … Continue reading

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America’s Coolest Small Towns 2013

Each year, Budget Travel sponsors a competition to identify America’s “Coolest Small Town.”  It’s a fun contest and it can generate lots of tourism and even relocation interest for the winning towns.  This year’s list is out and you have … Continue reading

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Best Performing Cities 2012

The Milken Institute’s Best Performing Cities Index 2012 was released this morning, and, as usual, the benchmarking report is an interesting read.  This report offers a quality analysis.  Unlike many such reports, such as the ALEC Rich States, Poor States … Continue reading

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CDFI Funds: They Work!!

Last week, I blogged about the efffectiveness of economic gardening programs.  Today, I’m continuing with more good news—this time about a recent study of the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) program.  A recent Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland working paper, … Continue reading

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Economic Gardening: It Works!!!

Economic gardening programs have been around since the late 1980s, but have been gaining traction in the US communities over the past few years. In fact, there is now a National Center for Economic Gardening, along with specialized training and certification programs … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Rural Innovation

An interesting recent working paper, “Rural Innovation:  Crucial, but rarely Systemic,”  from the University of Kentucky’s David Freshwater takes a new look at patterns of rural innovation. Freshwater notes that innovation in rural and urban areas often occur via different channels … Continue reading

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Some Recommended Reads

My relaxing holiday break also afforded me the opportunity to catch up on my reading, and I was fortunate to read three excellent books that I can highly recommend.  Two of them have relevance to those with interest in economic … Continue reading

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