Category Archives: Current News

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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Ecosystem Mapping In Depth

Many of our customers at EntreWorks Consulting want help with mapping their innovation and entrepreneurship-related ecosystems, i.e., the set of regional actors and networks that support the start and growth of businesses.  For example, we’ll soon be releasing results from … Continue reading

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Does Startup Support Work? New Evidence

I’ve blogged a bit in the past about how new research techniques, especially randomized controlled trials, are providing new insights into what works in innovation and entrepreneurship policy.  (The Innovation Growth Lab is a great resource to track recent trends.)  … Continue reading

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EntreWorks Insights, March 2018 Edition

The latest edition of EntreWorks Insights, our quarterly e-newsletter, is now available. This issue looks at interesting new legislative proposals under consideration in the US Congress.  A future issue will look at new ideas from the States.  You can view … Continue reading

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New Data on US Business Formation

The quality of official data on startups and entrepreneurs in the US is generally quite poor, especially when compared to what is captured in other developed economies.  Meanwhile, government funding for key programs like the decennial Census is declining.  But, … Continue reading

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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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