Category Archives: Current News

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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Global Startup Ecosystems 2018

My colleagues at the Global Entrepreneurship Network and Startup Genome have released a new report that’s definitely worth a look.  The Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2018 offers a state of the field look at what’s happening with technology startup ecosystems … Continue reading

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Strengthening Economies in Wyoming

I’m continuing to work with my colleagues from the National Association of Counties and the National Association of Development Organizations on a project to aid coal-reliant communities in the West seeking to develop economic diversification strategies and programs.  We’ve been holding … Continue reading

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Coping with Adversity: Regional Resilience and Public Policy

I’m in the midst of reading an interesting new(ish) book that should also interest my fellow economic developers.  Coping with Adversity:  Regional Economic Resilience and Public Policy (by Harold Wolman, Howard Wial, Travis St. Clair and Ned Hill) takes a … Continue reading

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Free Radicals: New Ideas for the Gig Economy

The rise of the independent workforce is one of the most important trends in our economy today, yet the topic is invisible in our public discourse.  With the exception of Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), I can think of few public … Continue reading

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Broadband Matters: Yet More Evidence

When it comes to economic development, especially in rural areas, broadband matters. That’s a pretty banal statement, akin to saying something like Tom Brady is a good quarterback.  Yet, it’s true in so many ways.  We’ve often talked about broadband … Continue reading

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On the Road Again . . .

The end of April is turning out to be extremely busy in terms of speaking engagements.  If you happen to be attending any of these events, give me a holler. I’d love to catch up. April 18/Billings, Montana:  Presenting on … Continue reading

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