Author Archives: Erik Pages

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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Regulatory Hacking

Last week, I attended a book release event for Regulatory Hacking: A Playbook for Startups, by Evan Burfield with J.D. Harrison.  Evan is well-known in DC tech circles as one of the co-founders of the 1776 startup network.  I’m not … Continue reading

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The Latest from Bucksport, Maine

I’ve posted a few times about Bucksport, Maine, a small Midcoast town near where our family has a house.  I’m a huge fan of Bucksport, but the town has had a rough go of it in recent years.  The biggest … Continue reading

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The Main Street Fund: An Idea whose Time has Come?

Last week, the DC-based Hamilton Project released a number of studies looking at the state of entrepreneurship and business dynamism in the US.  The core analysis took a deep dive into why US business dynamism is declining.  Startup rates and … Continue reading

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Rural Development in the 2018 Farm Bill

Today, the US Senate continues to debate the 2018 Farm Bill, also known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The Farm Bill is a big deal, setting policies in myriad areas from food stamps to nutrition programs to commodity … Continue reading

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EntreWorks Insights, June 2018 edition now available

The latest edition of our quarterly e-newsletter, EntreWorks Insights, is now available.  This issue looks at innovative economic development ideas in the states.   You can learn more and subscribe here.

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Micropolitan Success Stories from the Heartland

Today’s economic environment can be tough on communities of all types, but small micropolitan areas face particular challenges.  They can be far removed from larger markets and may lack the scale and scope to spur economic growth.  But, many smaller … Continue reading

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