Author Archives: Erik Pages

The Iowan Project: More Good Ideas from the Silicon Prairie

There’s a lot of cool stuff happening in the Midwest-Great Plains region that many folks have dubbed The Silicon Prairie.  The latest good idea is the Technology Association of Iowa’s The Iowan Project, a neat website designed to track former … Continue reading

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Beyond Collisions: A Mini-Review

My longtime friends and colleagues, Maria Meyers and Kate Pope Hodel, have just published a new book that’s worth your time if you’re working in economic development or entrepreneurial ecosystem building.  Beyond Collisions is a how to guide on “how … Continue reading

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2018 Prosperity Now Scorecard

If you’re looking to understand what’s happening with the American economy at the state and local level, let me suggest that you check out the 2018 Prosperity Now Scorecard, which was released today.     I’m a big fan of this … Continue reading

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Picking Winners is Not Easy: A Timely Reminder

When working with communities to build entrepreneurial ecosystems, I’m often asked for the “secret sauce” to identifying successful entrepreneurs in advance.  I wish I had this power, but it’s sadly not that easy.   A large chunk of the entrepreneurship literature … Continue reading

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Estonia Comes to Vermont?

Last November, I was fortunate to visit Estonia as part of the Startup Nations Summit, a global meeting of folks who work on public policies to promote entrepreneurship.  It was a great event, but it was equally great to see … Continue reading

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Character Towns

I like the term Character Towns.  This is a concept coined by Bill Kercher, a planning consultant based in Florida.  He refers to Character Towns as small communities that direct all of their planning and economic, physical and social assets … Continue reading

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Economic Diversification: Lessons from Wyoming

We spend much of our consulting work focused on helping communities diversify after they’ve faced some economic shock, such as loss of a major industry (coal or manufacturing), a natural disaster, or a more general economic downturn.  We’ve learned a … Continue reading

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New Gig Economy Resources

There’s been plenty of interesting research and news stories on the gig economy and related topics n recent weeks.  Instead of sharing the latest debates over Uber of AirBnB, let me point to two new resources that take a deeper … Continue reading

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Building Rural Talent with Apprenticeships

America’s rural regions often have a tough time developing home grown talent.  Because these places are smaller with a smaller absolute number of employers, they often lack the diverse array of internships, externships, and other career-building opportunities that are common … Continue reading

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Innovation Growth Lab

Yesterday, I participated in a fascinating workshop from the folks at the Innovation Growth Lab.  If you don’t know this group, you should get acquainted.  They are UK-based and affiliated with Nesta, but have hosts of global partners including the … Continue reading

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