Author Archives: Erik Pages

DARPA and our Future Innovation Policies

If you’re a follower of US science and technology policy, you likely have heard and read a lot about the DARPA (The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the Pentagon’s independent research arm.  DARPA gets this attention for a reason.  It … Continue reading

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Recruiting At-Home Workers

New York’s Rockefeller Institute of Government has created a new Future of Labor Research Center, and the Center’s first study is making me optimistic about their future work. Where the Mobile Workforce is Living shares data and insights on, you … Continue reading

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Local Food Systems and Kitchen Incubators

Local food systems development has been a hot topic in community development circles for some time now.  These efforts typically use agriculture and food development as tools to advance community economic development and to improve community health outcomes.   They may … Continue reading

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The Liquid Workforce

Our colleagues over the in UK have come up with some useful terms for what we Americans have been calling the gig economy workforce.  Some folks use the “precariat” and a new term, the “liquid workforce” is also gaining traction.  … Continue reading

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What’s Next for the Community Reinvestment Act?

Washington is pretty consumed with big issues of impeachment and government budgets nowadays, but lots of interesting and important debates on other issues are also underway.  One big one concerns reform of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), the 1977 law … Continue reading

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Investing in New Tech Hubs

Today, I attended a Capitol Hill briefing on a new Brookings/ITIF report on The Case for Growth Centers:  How to Spread Tech Innovation across America.   The report and its recommendations build on the uncomfortable fact that America’s innovation and technology economy … Continue reading

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Talent Attraction Incentives: The Debate Heats Up

In today’s tight labor markets, communities around the US are starved for talent.  Some places are so starved that they’ve created incentive programs to attract talented workers.  Some years ago, several places in Kansas opted for free land as a … Continue reading

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EntreWorks Insights–New Books Issue

They were playing Christmas music at my doctor’s office this week.  That’s too early!  But, it’s not too early for the EntreWorks Insights holiday recommended reads issue!   Check out our takes on new and interesting books for those with wonky … Continue reading

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Global Entrepreneurship Week: November 18-24, 2019

Mark your calendars for the week of November 18-24, 2019, the 12th annual celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week.  GEW is a big deal around the world.  It currently engages 20,000 partners in 170 countries, who sponsor 35,000 events that engage … Continue reading

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Abandoned Mine Lands: Addressing the Legacy of Coal

The US coal industry has been swamped with bad news lately, with the recent bankruptcies of Blackjewel and Murray Energy leading to major hardships for miners, their families and surrounding communities.  As we attempt to address these immediate hardships, we … Continue reading

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