Monthly Archives: April 2017

Flexible Retirement and the Gig Economy

In today’s America, if you want to be a freelancer or gig economy worker, you need to make a basic trade-off.  You get freedom, independence, and (hopefully) more money in exchange for zero benefits and lots of risk in terms … Continue reading

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Supporting Coal Regions in the West

When we think about America’s coal economy, we typically first think about Appalachia.  But, the reality is that most coal in the US comes from the West—from regions in Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming in particular.  Communities in the West … Continue reading

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Philanthropy and Rural America

As budget cuts hit essential government programs for community development, we all need to be searching for other sources of investment capital to support local economic development and workforce initiatives.   Philanthropy must be a critical piece in this puzzle, but … Continue reading

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Social Impact Bonds: An Update

A recent Brookings piece on the use of social impact bonds in Colombia prompted me on a little research project to examine what’s been happening in this space since I wrote about it a few years ago.  The Colombia project, … Continue reading

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Economic Transition and “Deaths of Despair”

As regular readers of this blog know, I can get going on a good rant over the near absence of any kind of economic transition support for displaced workers in the US.  Our social safety net is torn and frayed, … Continue reading

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