Monthly Archives: May 2020

Scenario Planning for Cities and Regions

Our shambolic response to COVID-19 presents us with many bitter and painful lessons.  One set relates to scenario planning.   We’re obviously not very good at it, and, when we actually do advance scenario planning, we ignore the results.  It probably … Continue reading

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Recording Available: The Long & Winding Road to Economic Recovery

On Tuesday, I led a National Association of Development Organizations webinar on the topic of “The Long and Winding Road to Economic Recovery.”  A recording of that session, and copy of my presentation, is now available here.   Please be forewarned … Continue reading

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Community Investment Funds: A How-To Guide

I remain convinced that our post-COVID world will place a heavier emphasis on local ownership and local connections.   I’m excited about these prospects, but also realistically concerned about how we’ll pay for this at the local level.  Outside support, from … Continue reading

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May 19th Webinar: The Long & Winding Road to Economic Recovery

I’ve had the pleasure of working for many years on economic resilience and recovery projects with my colleagues at the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO).   This work has dealt with lots of economic shocks such as factory closings, military … Continue reading

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We Need Better Rural Data

We’ve learned a lot of lessons—most of them painful—during the current COVID-19 crisis.  In the policy-making world, we’re certainly learning that we need to do a better job in developing, using, and sharing data, research, and analysis.  While we’re now … Continue reading

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