Category Archives: Current News

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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The Opportunity Bank

I’m not sure that access to capital is the number one problem facing small business today, but it clearly serves as one factor that contributes to lower business start-up rates, more business failures, and slower small business.  That’s why I’m … Continue reading

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Community Colleges as Incubators of Innovation

Since it first launched in 2002, I’ve been a member and close partner of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE).  That’s why I’m so excited to see that the current NACCE leadership has put out an excellent book, … Continue reading

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The State of Federal Economic Adjustment Assistance

Much of the most important work we do in economic development is about what government agencies call economic adjustment, i.e. helping workers, businesses, and communities affected by an economic shock, such as a plant closing or a wider economic downturn.  … Continue reading

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EntreWorks Insights, February 2019

The latest edition of our e-newsletter EntreWorks Insights is now available.   This issue looks at the growing challenge of rural housing, where housing shortages and affordability pressures are having profound negative impacts on economic mobility and local economic development.  You … Continue reading

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Brexit and the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Whenever I’m losing faith in the American political system, I look to our British colleagues dealing with Brexit and think:  “It could be worse.”  The ongoing Brexit process is a colossal disaster with ripple effects across the British government and … Continue reading

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Economic Mobility in Rural America

I missed this report when it came out in November 2018, but I can highly recommend a new study from Bridgespan Group and the National 4-H Council entitled Social Mobility in Rural America:  Insights from Communities whose Young People are … Continue reading

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