Category Archives: Current News

The State of America’s Zoomtowns

I’ve recently been introduced to a new term (for me at least):  Zoomtowns.  This refers to smaller communities, often also known as gateway communities, that are attracting highly skilled and mobile workers who seek scenic amenities and a small town … Continue reading

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IEDC Panel on Economic Diversification, October 14

The International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) annual conference is going virtual next week.  While I won’t see you in Dallas, hopefully we can connect on line.  I’ll be leading a panel on Economic Diversification strategies on Wednesday October 14 from … Continue reading

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Rethinking Investor Incentives

Tax incentives for investors serve as one of our primary tools to incentivize investment in startups and in other types of desirable economic development activities.  Examples include tax credits for angel investors, enterprise zones, and the Trump Administration’s signature Opportunity … Continue reading

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The State of Crowdfunding, 2020

As small businesses continue the long slog of recovery from COVID-19 impacts, we’re going to need all hands on deck.  We are going to need more resources for business technical assistance, more sources of business finance, and a greater focus … Continue reading

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The Rural Housing Crisis: Lessons from Indiana

As we continue to slog toward an economic recovery from the pandemic, communities around the US are coming to grips with the problem of housing.  Simply put, too many places lack sufficient (or affordable) housing for current or new residents.  … Continue reading

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IEDC Small Business Development Training Course: Join us on September 17-18!

It’s back to school time again.  If you’re pursuing professional development or just want to learn about new trends in economic development, join us on September 17-18, 2020 for another on-line version of the International Economic Development Council’s Entrepreneurship and … Continue reading

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The Startup Community Way . . . and more from Maine.

I recently returned from our annual Maine vacation to find my pre-ordered copy of The Startup Community Way by Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway.  This new book follows up on Feld’s excellent 2012 work Startup Communities, which I still consider … Continue reading

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The Economics of Belonging

I just finished an interesting new book by Martin Sandbu, economics writer for The Financial Times. The Economics of Belonging: A Radical Plan to Win Back the Left Behind and Achieve Prosperity for All was published pre-COVID 19 but is … Continue reading

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New Rules for ESG Funds: Public Comment Requested

I will admit that I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about or studying fiduciary rules related to retirement plans, but a new proposal from the Department of Labor has me a bit concerned.  Recently, DOL issued a proposed … Continue reading

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American Farm Bureau Federation’s Ag Innovation Challenge: Sign up Now!

If you’re an entrepreneur working in rural America or in sectors with a focus on food and agriculture, consider competing in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2021 Ag Innovation Challenge.  This annual competition recently kicked off, and the Farm Bureau … Continue reading

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