Monthly Archives: January 2017

Balancing Nature and Commerce in Rural America

This week I will be heading out to Shepherdstown, WV, to be one of the trainers in a very interesting program sponsored by The Conservation Fund.  Balancing Nature and Commerce in Rural Communities and Landscapes is a training program designed … Continue reading

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Happy 10th Anniversary to Pipeline!

This month marks the tenth anniversary of Pipeline, a fellowship of great entrepreneurs building world-class businesses in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.   Pipeline began as a pilot project of the now defunct Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation, but it’s now a core … Continue reading

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A Guide to Smart Specialization

You don’t hear about it much here in the US, but smart specialization strategies have been a hot topic in European economic development circles for some time.  Smart specialization strategies, or S3, are an approach designed to help economically challenged … Continue reading

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Citizen Perspectives on Economic Development: Virginia 2017

Here in Virginia, we’ve been in the midst of some tough public debates on economic and workforce development.  The statewide economy has not been performing as well as hoped, and some regions, especially coal-dependent areas, are facing very tough times. … Continue reading

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The End of Clusters?

If you work in economic or workforce development, a good part of your life is spent talking about clusters or sectors, i.e. industry groups that we target in our various programs and initiatives.   Rapid technological change has meant that many … Continue reading

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A Hands-On Guide to Rural Wealth Creation

In the holiday crush (at least that’s my excuse), I missed a recent set of National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) reports that are well worth your time.  The title of Measuring Rural Wealth Creation captures it well. It examines … Continue reading

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