Author Archives: Erik Pages

Nurturing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Appalachia

For the last two years, EntreWorks Consulting has led a major Appalachian Regional Commission-sponsored research project entitled Documenting and Strengthening Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Appalachia.  With our colleagues at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, … Continue reading

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On the Road in October

October is shaping up to be another busy month on the road. Here’s some of my upcoming speaking gigs.  Hope to see you on the road. October 2-Atlanta:  International Economic Development Council Annual Conference.  I’ll be chairing a panel, “Supporting … Continue reading

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New(ish) Books for Economic Developers

There aren’t a lot of books that discuss the daily life and work of economic developers, so I’m always on the lookout for new ones that offer some insights and useful work tips.  If you’re looking for similar sources of … Continue reading

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Opportunity Zones, Take 2

In my quest to get a better understanding of the new federal Opportunity Zones program, I’ve been attending an excellent forum sponsored by the Council of Development Finance Agencies.   As a reminder, this Opportunity Zone program was created by Congress … Continue reading

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See You in September?

As the long hot summer winds down, my work and travel schedule pick up.  I’ve got lots of speaking engagements planned for the fall.  In September, you can find me at the following events and locales: September 18:  Presenting at … Continue reading

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What’s Up with Opportunity Zones?

Opportunity Zones were one of the big, and underreported, legislative achievements of this Congressional session.  Part of the late 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the proposal provides generous capital gains tax credits to investors who back projects and businesses … Continue reading

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The Impact of Military Bases in Pennsylvania

Last week, the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission (PMCEC) released a new study that assesses the impact of military installations on Pennsylvania’s statewide economy and in regions that host these facilities.  The research effort was led by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center … Continue reading

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Talent Development and the Expansion of Child Care Services

On my recent travels around the US, talent and workforce development is clearly the No. 1 issue regardless of location.   In urban, rural,and suburban locales, employers are facing big challenges in finding and retaining talented workers.  There are many factors … Continue reading

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Rethinking Retirement for the Gig Economy

Freelancers and gig economy workers have become a regular feature of the today’s economic landscape.  While these folks love the freedom and flexibility of the 1099 Economy, they also fear the precarious nature of freelancing, especially when it comes to … Continue reading

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What Matters for Local Government?

Local government officials must often operate in reactive mode, responding to crises or other pressing events of they day.  But, good leaders know that they must be reactive and proactive, acting to advance the future prospects of their community over … Continue reading

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