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The data on the benefits of employee-owned companies is very compelling.  For example, a recent Rutgers University study found that employee-owned firms have higher productivity rates and generally outperform similar
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Thanks to the excellent website and newsfeed, The Daily Yonder, I recently got acquainted with an equally excellent research paper, "The Economic Status of Rural America in the Trump Era,"
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Starting next week, I've got several upcoming speaking engagements, including: May 10:  Southwest Virginia Economic Forum (Wise VA) June 15: NERETA Job Creation Summit (Scranton, PA) June 19-20:  Association of
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I’ll confess to a little fatigue with various shorthand business pitches for companies such “Uber for XXX” or “Amazon for YY.”  (My personal favorite, “Fitbit for Cows,” is an actual
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In today's America, if you want to be a freelancer or gig economy worker, you need to make a basic trade-off.  You get freedom, independence, and (hopefully) more money in
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When we think about America’s coal economy, we typically first think about Appalachia.  But, the reality is that most coal in the US comes from the West—from regions in Colorado,
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As budget cuts hit essential government programs for community development, we all need to be searching for other sources of investment capital to support local economic development and workforce initiatives.  
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A recent Brookings piece on the use of social impact bonds in Colombia prompted me on a little research project to examine what’s been happening in this space since I
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As regular readers of this blog know, I can get going on a good rant over the near absence of any kind of economic transition support for displaced workers in
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