Monthly Archives: August 2017

Making the Case for Entrepreneurs: Lessons from Kansas City

Most entrepreneurial ventures create jobs one or two at a time, and in the business of economic development, that can be a marketing challenge–especially when communities all seek the home run wins of a big auto plant or other major … Continue reading

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Small City Dynamism Index, 2017 Version

Big data is finally starting to hit the world of economic development, with new data sources and tools emerging on a regular basis.  That’s a great thing, but the big data revolution still tends to leave out smaller cities and … Continue reading

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Occupational Licensing: Another Take

Over the past few years, there’s been something of a research backlash against occupational licenses, such as those earned by people working in hair or nail salons, plumbers, dental assistants and the like.  Critics contend that occupational licenses create barriers … Continue reading

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The Economic Impact of Vacation Homes

It’s vacation time and, if you’re lucky, you’re heading off for vacation at your second home or vacation rental at the beach or in the mountains somewhere.   These homes can be lovely vacation spots, but do they bring real economic … Continue reading

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