Monthly Archives: October 2013

Privatizing State Economic Development Agencies: My Take

Last week, Good Jobs First published an informative and highly critical report examining recent efforts to privatize state economic development agencies in Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin and elsewhere.   Their basic contention is that these newly privatized agencies are potentially subject … Continue reading

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A Dark Side to the Energy Boom?

A couple of new research studies on the social costs of the boom in natural gas fracking remind us of an important lesson that relates to all local economic development efforts—there’s no such thing as a free lunch.   As a … Continue reading

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Lagging Workforce Skills: We’re Not Alone!

I’d be a very rich man if I had a dollar for every time I heard a business executive gripe about workforce quality.   However, there is some validity to these complaints, and as a new Organization for Economic Cooperation and … Continue reading

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How and Why Local Ownership Matters

A fascinating new working paper from the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s Anil Rupasingha examines a critical question facing community economic developers everywhere:  Does local ownership matter?  While many organizations, such as the Business Alliance for Living Local Economies (BALLE), base their … Continue reading

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Bringing Good Design to Community Development

The latest (October 2013) issue of Fast Company reviews the latest trends and innovations in the world of design.  In addition to expected articles on the latest happenings at Apple, IDEO, and other trend-setters, the issue also highlights some interesting newcomers … Continue reading

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