Category Archives: Current News

Supporting Coal Regions in the West

When we think about America’s coal economy, we typically first think about Appalachia.  But, the reality is that most coal in the US comes from the West—from regions in Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming in particular.  Communities in the West … Continue reading

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Philanthropy and Rural America

As budget cuts hit essential government programs for community development, we all need to be searching for other sources of investment capital to support local economic development and workforce initiatives.   Philanthropy must be a critical piece in this puzzle, but … Continue reading

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Social Impact Bonds: An Update

A recent Brookings piece on the use of social impact bonds in Colombia prompted me on a little research project to examine what’s been happening in this space since I wrote about it a few years ago.  The Colombia project, … Continue reading

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Economic Transition and “Deaths of Despair”

As regular readers of this blog know, I can get going on a good rant over the near absence of any kind of economic transition support for displaced workers in the US.  Our social safety net is torn and frayed, … Continue reading

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Appalachia on the Chopping Block

One of the unintended consequences of the Trump Administration’s horrific “skinny budget” plan is that it has prompted some deep media and think tank dives into understanding the many benefits of programs now facing the chopping block.  The Appalachian Regional … Continue reading

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New Downsides to the Gig Economy?

An interesting new article in Strategy+Business examines another potential downside of the gig economy.  It seems that many business sectors operate with business models that are not well suited to the independent workforce.  The article examines recent trends in the … Continue reading

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Join us at NAWB!

If you plan on attending next week’s National Association of Workforce Boards conference, I hope to see you here in Washington DC.   I’ll be participating in the entire event and will also be chairing a panel.  On Monday, March 27th … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship in Small and Rural Communities: Webinar Today!

This is late notice, but I encourage you to sign up for a webinar later today on the topic of building entrepreneurial ecosystems in small and rural communities.  I’ll be presenting along with my colleague Maria Meyers of SourceLink.  The … Continue reading

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New Article on the Coal Economy Transition

I’ve got a new article on the the economic transition in America’s coal regions in the latest issue (Winter 2017) of the International Economic Development Council’s Economic Development Journal.   The article highlights the great progress being made in many coal regions, … Continue reading

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Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2017: Coming Up!

If you want to learn the latest and greatest about what’s happening in the world of entrepreneurship, you still have time to book your flight to Johannesburg, South Africa for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, to be held from March 13-16, … Continue reading

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