Category Archives: Current News

Innovation Growth Lab

Yesterday, I participated in a fascinating workshop from the folks at the Innovation Growth Lab.  If you don’t know this group, you should get acquainted.  They are UK-based and affiliated with Nesta, but have hosts of global partners including the … Continue reading

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Still Mill: Stories from Bucksport, Maine

Thanks  to a family home in the area, I get to spend a good amount of time in Bucksport. Maine.  Bucksport is small Midcoast Maine town of nearly 5,000 people. It’s a nice place, but not a tourist haunt.  Since … Continue reading

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Stronger Economies in Coal-Reliant Places

As regular readers of this blog know, I’ve been involved for several years on a major project to provide technical assistance to America’s coal-reliant communities as they seek to retrain displaced workers and develop new economic engines.   A new summary … Continue reading

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Congress: Getting Serious about Evaluation?

The US Congress is not a very popular institution, and the list of its neglected policy work is pretty long.   As a program evaluator, I’ve been disappointed in the longstanding lack of interest and support for serious program evaluations and … Continue reading

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EntreWorks Insights, November 2017 issue now available

The latest version of our quarterly e-newsletter, EntreWorks Insights, is now available.  This issue looks at the question of how best to revitalize the economies of our smaller legacy cities.   You can access the newsletter and subscribe to future issues … Continue reading

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Made in Place: A Renaissance for Small Manufacturers

Economic developers are rightly excited about the prospects of restoring America’s manufacturing prowess.  These industries provide good jobs, good careers, and good spin-off business opportunities throughout the supply chain.  They can also contribute mightily to urban revitalization.  That’s a core … Continue reading

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Global Entrepreneurship Week is on the Way!

This post serves as my annual reminder to participate and spread the word about Global Entrepreneurship Week which will occur from November 13 to 19, 2017.  This year marks the tenth anniversary of the event, and it boasts a pretty … Continue reading

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Rural Manufacturing Matters, Part 2

Over the past month or so, the US Department of Agriculture’s Economics Research Service has been releasing some new and interesting data on the state of rural manufacturing.  The upshot is that rural manufacturing matters—a lot—for the economic health of … Continue reading

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Startup Act of 2017

Like many people, I’ve sadly lost much hope that Congress will ever pass any legislation that addresses issues that I care about—tackling inequality, supporting economic development, creating new job opportunities across America.  But, I’m going to try to overcome my … Continue reading

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Research Roundup: New Business Data Resources

There has been a mega-dump of useful and interesting economic data resources over the past few weeks.  Here’s a few that are worth a look and a bookmark for future use: OECD’s 2017 Entrepreneurship At a Glance: This annual report … Continue reading

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