Monthly Archives: June 2016

Rethinking Business Attraction

There have been a number of hard-nosed looks at the field of economic development lately, asking about the return on investment from traditional approaches like business incentives and other industry attraction strategies.  I’m particularly impressed with the Center for Budget … Continue reading

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Work In Place. . . in Maine.

As friends and colleagues know, Maine is one of my favorite places to both work and play.   But, like many largely rural places, Maine faces a number of economic challenges.  Its population is aging, and it needs to grow.  But, … Continue reading

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1776 Challenge Cup: Global Start Ups Hit DC

Last night, I was able to attend the semifinals of the 1776 Challenge Cup.  1776 is a local business accelerator in the Washington DC area that is getting a lot of attention and building a bigger national and global footprint.  … Continue reading

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Innovation Districts and Placemaking

Like many professions, economic development has its factions and schools of thought.  Folks interested in innovation policy tend to love technology but don’t put too much stock into the aesthetics of place making.  If you’ve ever been to a 1980s-era … Continue reading

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Economic Transition in the Northern Forests

The news media—and this blog too—spend a lot of time talking about the ongoing economic transition challenges in the America’s coal regions.  But, sadly, coal regions are not alone in facing such challenges.  The northern border regions of New England … Continue reading

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