Category Archives: Current News

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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Can Entrepreneurship be Taught?

Economists and academic researchers have long been consumed with the question: “Can entrepreneurship be taught?”  I’m not too concerned with this issue as I’ve seen numerous examples and programs that successfully to teach people of all ages and backgrounds on … Continue reading

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From Coal to Kale: Food Systems & Economic Resilience

Regular readers of this blog know that I’ve had the good fortune to spend a lot of my recent working time helping America’s coal-dependent regions identify new economic engines and wealth creators.   As these regions seek to diversify their economies, … Continue reading

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Getting Serious about Legacy Cities

A number of recent media articles suggest that millennials are increasingly interested in relocating to the suburbs or to America’s smaller legacy cities.  If this is indeed true, it could be a very good thing as it will reduce the … Continue reading

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Rural Manufacturing Matters

I spent my lunch hour today at a fascinating Aspen Institute panel on Rural Grown, Locally Owned Manufacturing.  This was part of an excellent series sponsored by the Rural Development Innovation Group.   The panel included excellent fast growing rural firms: … Continue reading

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Keeping Score: Metrics for Entrepreneurship

Program managers face some tough reporting challenges when it comes to entrepreneurship support programs.  These efforts take time to generate hard impacts.  Traditional job creation metrics help, but only over the long term.  Yet, funders and elected officials want job … Continue reading

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Making the Case for Entrepreneurs: Lessons from Kansas City

Most entrepreneurial ventures create jobs one or two at a time, and in the business of economic development, that can be a marketing challenge–especially when communities all seek the home run wins of a big auto plant or other major … Continue reading

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Small City Dynamism Index, 2017 Version

Big data is finally starting to hit the world of economic development, with new data sources and tools emerging on a regular basis.  That’s a great thing, but the big data revolution still tends to leave out smaller cities and … Continue reading

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Occupational Licensing: Another Take

Over the past few years, there’s been something of a research backlash against occupational licenses, such as those earned by people working in hair or nail salons, plumbers, dental assistants and the like.  Critics contend that occupational licenses create barriers … Continue reading

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