Author Archives: Erik Pages

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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The Rise of Quiet Recreation

When I find the time, I’m a big fan of hiking and kayaking.  When paddling, one of the my biggest peeves is the Jet Ski, which is loud, intrusive, and annoying when I just want to chill on the water. … Continue reading

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Made in America . . . with Public Support

Yesterday, I braved DC’s heat to attend a Capitol Hill briefing on an excellent new MForesight report, Ensuring American Manufacturing Leadership through Next-Generation Supply Chains. The report is well done, and its policy recommendations are pretty straightforward.  For example, it … Continue reading

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Using Workforce Data Dashboards

I’m a member of my local workforce development board, the Alexandria-Arlington Regional Workforce Council.  I’m biased, but I think we do a pretty good job.   We’ve recently “upped our game” when it comes to publishing labor market data on … Continue reading

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Upcoming Training Opportunities

I’ll be hitting the road to do a few training programs over the next couple of months.   Here’s where you can find me: July 27-Chapel Hill, NC:  North Carolina Basic Economic Development Course August 24-Omaha, NE:  International Economic Development … Continue reading

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EntreWorks Insights: July 2017 Issue Now Available

The latest issue of our quarterly e-newsletter, EntreWorks Insights, is now available.  This issue offers suggestions for how workforce developers could do more to support local entrepreneurs and promote economic growth, especially in rural regions.    You can learn more … Continue reading

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“Little Data” and Economic Development

I keep waiting for the big data revolution to hit us in the world of economic development.   While the wait continues, I’ve recently been seeing some cool and intriguing uses of data and new visualization tools like Tableau.  Here’s a … Continue reading

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And Now for Some Good Economic News? . . .

If you follow the current policy debates, it’s been pretty tough to feel very optimistic about the future state of the US economy.    Inequality is rising, robots are going to take our jobs, the skills shortage is hamstringing American industry, … Continue reading

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A New Look at the Independent Workforce

A new assessment of the US’s independent workforce–The State of Independence in America 2017 from MBO Partners–was released this week.  This is a very useful annual survey that is worth a look–however, I always recommend some caution when the actual core … Continue reading

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