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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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