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The Communities Winning the War for Skilled Talent :


In his book, When the Boomers Bail https://www.amazon.com/When-Boomers-Bail-Community-Economic/dp/0981786936 , Mark Lautman diagnosed what separates Winnerville from Loserville, two hypothetical communities ...


Western states top new list of country's "most dynamic" :


Western states are the most dynamic in the country, according to a new report by the Economic Innovation Group that analyzes new business formation, job creation and geographic mobility of the work force. ...


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The New American Heartland: Renewing the Middle Class by Revitalizing the Heartland:




Facing deindustrialization, smaller regions turn to innovation, workforce development:




Regional Innovation Strategies 2017 funding available:


The Economic Development Administration is seeking applications through June 23 for the 2017 Regional Innovation Strategies program. Through SSTI's work with Congress, a record $17 million is available ...


Why the Rural West Matters:




Looking for Progress in America's Smaller Legacy Cities: A Report for Place-based Funders - Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago :


Place-based funders can play an important role in connecting economic growth to economic opportunity. This paper describes a study tour undertaken by representatives from four Federal Reserve Banks and ...


In a Beijing ballroom, Kushner family flogs $500,000 'investor visa' to wealthy Chinese:


BEIJING -- The Kushner family came to the United States as refugees, worked hard and made it big -- and if you invest in Kushner properties, so can you. That was the message delivered Saturday ...


Apple Announces $1 Billion Fund to Create U.S. Jobs in Manufacturing:


While it did not announce a new manufacturing facility with thousands of manufacturing jobs, Apple, the world's most valuable public company, said it planned to dedicate resources to American job creation ...


Tech Made Cities Too Expensive. Here's How to Fix It:


The solution will have to come from local government, local industry, local universities, and local people working to move beyond winner-take-all urbanism and to a more sustainable and inclusive model ...


Why the Exurbs Are Poised to Take Off in the Coming Years:




Is It Time to Adopt a Less-Is-More Approach to Community Development Block Grants? :


Over the years, however, CDBG funding has sharply declined and the number of places taking from the shrinking pot has risen. The result, critics say, is a weakened program that makes little impact and ...


Cuyahoga County, JumpStart's partnership to support entrepreneurs pays off:


Cuyahoga County's partnership with JumpStart https://www.jumpstartinc.org/#1 , in which the venture development organization invests county money in startups and early stage businesses, has paid off. A ...


Ready to Give the Presentation of Your Life? "ED TALKS" Nominations Are Now Open:


It started as an idea after last year's IEDC Conference in Cleveland. Why not create a TED-style session for the upcoming annual conference in Toronto? So, we did. IEDC is seeking four exceptional ...


In Search of Rural Jobs, States Weigh Strategy With Checkered Past:


States that have evaluated the multilayered subsidized lending programs -- originally CAPCO (certified capital companies) programs and later New Markets Tax Credit programs -- have found that they failed ...


Watch Now! Creative Placemaking: Economic Development for the Next Generation:


"How do you enrich a community through cultural and entrepreneurial ideas?" We're excited to share with you a recording of our March 23 webinar on creative placemaking with Zachary Mannheimer. We ...


Coal Is Losing. But Coal Country Doesn't Have to Lose, Too:


On this week's Energy Gang podcast, we look at the accelerating pace of coal closures around the U.S. and the world--and the plan to help communities that rely on coal. by Stephen Lacey Full ...


Wyoming, South Dakota budgets fund innovation initiatives:


State budget season shifts from the proposal stage to legislative approval. Over the coming months, the Digest will cover funding of relevant programs. Our first look includes $2.5 million in Wyoming ...


'Hillbilly Elegy' author J.D. Vance's plan to bring Silicon Valley to middle America:


Vance believes startup investment in smaller cities outside of elite tech hubs can help working-class rural communities I think that cities that are the focus of the "Rise of the Rest" initiatives ...


Eugene, Ore., Named 'Gigabit City' by Nonprofit Mozilla Foundation:


Eugene's collaborative tech community, supportive environment for startups, and unique approach to bringing gigabit Internet to the region caught Mozilla's attention. by Sherri Buri McDonald, The ...


Creative Placemaking: Economic Development For The Next Generation, 3/23, Webinar :


In this 60-minute webinar, you'll hear how creative placemaking creates vibrant, attractive communities with viable business models, enthusiastic investors, and dynamic programs and an eye towards ...


Multi-state Conference Call With The Economic Deelopment Association, 2/22, Online:


Please join the US Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Denver Regional Office and NARC on February 22nd for a briefing on EDA programs in the following states: CO, UT, WY, MT, ND, SD, ...


Death Spiral Demographics: The Countries Shrinking The Fastest:


Rapid aging is already reshaping the politics and economies of many of the most important high-income countries. For most of recent history, the world has worried about the curse of overpopulation. ...


Midsize Cities Are Entrepreneurship's Real Test:


Midsize cities and their associated regions are where most people live, work, and play, and will continue to do so into the future The key is focusing on small-but-significant growth events and showing ...


Program offers affordable loans for mobile home repairs :


MISSOULA, Mont. ? The Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation (MICDC) is excited to announce the rollout of its new, affordable Mobile Home Improvement Loan Program. The program aims to help ...


What will happen to the economic development profession in 25 years?:


The economy is going through deep transformations. Will the economic development profession even exist? If so, how? 47% of Jobs Will Disappear in the next 25 Years, According to Oxford University by ...


"Big Skies, Bold Partnerships: Moving Mountains Together" in Big Sky, MT. June 11-142017 CDS/NACDEP Joint Conference Call For: Pre-Conference and Ignite Sessions Due January 15th, 2017:


We are extremely excited for the upcoming June, 2017 joint conference, "Big Skies, Bold Partnerships: Moving Mountains Together" in Big Sky, MT. We are elated to say that we received over 250 proposals ...


To Boost the Economy, Help Students First:


Student debt now stands at $1.3 trillion. More than half of student borrowers are unable to repay their loans according to the original terms. In a well-intended but poorly executed effort to make college ...


How some communities forge ahead: A case study in Wisconsin:


There's probably no "secret sauce" for what makes some communities successful and others not, although the recipe usually includes a homegrown mix of economic vibrancy, civic leadership and a dash of ...

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