Category Archives: Current News

Protect Land, Create Jobs: Economic Development and Land Conservation

I’m eagerly anticipating an upcoming vacation to Maine where we regularly hike, paddle, and just hang out on lands protected by groups such as the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust.  I’ve always appreciated these … Continue reading

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Time for the Opportunity Fund?

As we get closer to the 2020 election year, DC-based think tanks are starting to float big ideas on how to jumpstart the economy in our distressed regions.  Third Way has recently released a plan to create a new $60 … Continue reading

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Business Dynamism and the Gig Economy

For the past few years, the economics and policy literature has been full of stories bemoaning declining dynamism in the US economy. As recent studies have shown, the number of new firm starts is down, their survival rates are shorter, … Continue reading

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Innovation Policy and the Economy: Some New Research

We’ve seen a recent flurry of interesting (to me at least) academic writing on innovation policy, much of which is linked to the NBER’s annual Innovation Policy and the Economy conference..  Here’s a quick snapshot and some links to some … Continue reading

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Some Upcoming Training Programs

If you’re in the market for professional development opportunities, I’ve got some training programs for you to consider.  Over the next couple of months, I’ll be leading several training efforts that might be worth your while.  They include: June 18-19:  … Continue reading

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Evaluating Manufacturing USA

Back in 2014, Congress wisely opted to try a new approach for revitalizing American manufacturing:  the Manufacturing USA Network.  Manufacturing USA is a public-private network of 14 Manufacturing Institutes that fund and promote research in key disciplines related to manufacturing.  … Continue reading

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The Rise of Rural Development Hubs

I spent this morning over at the Aspen Institute for a great panel on Rural Development Hubs.  Rural development hubs are a new concept meant to describe new types of organizations and networks focused on rural community building in a … Continue reading

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Supporting Coal-Impacted Economies in the West

Last week, I was in Denver for an important and interesting meeting of eleven coal-impacted communities from around the Mountain West.  The community teams were meeting to develop work plans and to share ideas on how to create new economic … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship and the Agbiosciences in Indiana

For much of 2018, we spent a good amount of time in Indiana working on an entrepreneurial assessment of the agbiosciences sector. We learned a ton, but were also very impressed with what’s happening with agbio in Indiana. Last week, … Continue reading

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Policy Responses to New Forms of Work

The gig economy (or the 1099 Economy) has been with us and in full swing for nearly a decade now, and these new ways of working really aren’t that new any longer.  Yet, governments around the world are still struggling … Continue reading

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