Monthly Archives: December 2015

Rethinking Your Economy: Lessons from Maine

At this time of New Year’s resolutions and planning for the future, many communities are also rethinking their economic plans and foundations.   This is especially important for economically-challenged places, where an entire economic “reboot” may be needed.   Often, this rethinking … Continue reading

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Small City Dynamism Index

As a consultant who often works in smaller communities, I get regularly frustrated by the absence of good (and updated) comparative economic data on small and mid-sized places.  Most national benchmarking studies look primarily at large metros—examples include many excellent … Continue reading

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Labor Law & the Gig Economy

I spent this morning at a Hamilton Project event focused on “Modernizing Labor Law in the Modern Gig Economy.”   The event hosted the release of a new report from researchers Seth Harris and Alan Krueger, and included two very esteemed … Continue reading

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Challenges for Rural Retail

SmallBiz Survival is an excellent website and blog, run by Becky McCray, an Alva, Oklahoma-based entrepreneur and champion for small business owners operating in rural America.  In addition to being a great resource for small business owner, Becky and her … Continue reading

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Local Resilience and Local Entrepreneurs

In today’s globalized economy, many regions face what economists call trade shocks, often in the form of a flood of cheap overseas imports.   Cheap imports can be a good thing for consumers over the short term, but they can also … Continue reading

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The Power of Community Radio: WERA FM

Even in this time of non-stop connection and new social media, old school media forms can play a big part in community building.   Community radio still serves this role in a big way.  For many people, a great local radio … Continue reading

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