Monthly Archives: March 2013

The “Essential Economy” in Georgia

Back in 2011, the Georgia State Legislature passed HB 87, a bill that empowered police to check the immigration status of anyone stopped for minor offenses, such as traffic violations.   This new law, which remains under judicial review, has wreaked havoc … Continue reading

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From Incubation to Acceleration in North Carolina

Last week, I spent some time in Pinehurst, NC (it’s a tough job sometimes!) with the North Carolina Economic Developers Association.  It was a good event with lots of great presentations.  I was particularly impressed with North Carolina’s new Secretary … Continue reading

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Rethinking Libraries

With the rise of the internet, google, and now the I-pad, Kindle, and other e-book readers, you would think that the future of public libraries would be pretty bleak.  On the contrary, there seems to be something of a boomlet … Continue reading

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The Global Coworking Boom

The development of coworking spaces is a relatively new phenomenon–the first “official” cowork space is less than a decade old.  Yet, the field is booming, according to a new survey from DeskWanted.com.  The Global Coworking Census shows that the industry … Continue reading

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The Delta Regional Authority: It Works!

In my continuing quest to promote economic development programs that work, I give you the Delta Regional Authority (DRA).  Started in 2000 and modeled on the long-standing Appalachian Regional Commission, DRA is a regional development authority that focuses its investments in … Continue reading

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Barriers to Export Success

If US small businesses want to achieve rapid growth, they need to look overseas.  After all, 95% of the world’s consumers live someplace else.  Yet, the track record for American business is not good.  At present, only 1% of US … Continue reading

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