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Kansas City's struggle with the sharing economy is holding the tech community back:




Assessing your innovation district: A how-to guide:


Assessing your innovation district: A how-to guide," is a tool for public and private leaders to audit the assets that comprise their local innovation ecosystem. The guide is designed to reveal how to ...


Tax update: Many economic development grants are now taxable income:


The tax law signed at the end of last year introduced a provision that will significantly affect many economic development offices and related nonprofits across the country: "contributions to capital" ...


Economic Development in Your Community - Keep Your Eye on the Prize:


Is your community's economic development progress stalled? Make sure that you've aligned with these three items: 1. Communities cannot reasonably hope to achieve economic development success ...


Should we be measuring Scaleups instead of Startups?:


A great majority (90%?) of "start-ups" are local market (retail, service) That segment of the economy is being commoditized and consolidated (Walmart, Amazon, Home Depot, etc.), drying up ...


$65 Million for New Business Opportunities, Job Creation:


Montana & Idaho Community Development has received a $65 million award from the U.S. Treasury's New Markets Tax Credits program. That money will go directly to MT, ID and WY businesses that create jobs, ...


From Bozeman to Bend, how two cities are responding to growth:


Editor's note The question remains: How will Bozeman grow? Can we retain all that makes our city special? Will we be overrun by those seeking what we've already found? Are we destined to become ...


100,000 Micro Industries Predicted for the Next 20 Years - Perfect for rural communities:


"When the tools of production are available to everyone, everyone becomes a producer." "Long Tail," author Chris Anderson The Futurist anticipates the burgeoning industries that could boom ...


The toxic practice fueling the fierce competition over Amazon's second headquarters:




Economic Developers - Keep Your Eye on the Prize:


Is your community's economic development progress stalled? Make sure that you've aligned with these three items: 1. Communities cannot reasonably hope to achieve economic development success ...


Cities Are Killing The Future Of Work (And The American Dream):


In its new-headquarters search, Amazon seems hell-bent on accelerating the rapid urbanization of work. We should be trying to reverse it. If we're going to build a future of work that's secure, ...


Formula for Rural Prosperity Is Deregulation, USDA Report Says:


Long on rhetoric and short on specifics, the rural prosperity task-force document does not mention the fate of existing programs that support rural broadband, community development, and infrastructure. By ...


The fastest growing (and shrinking) states: A closer look:


The population of the United States increased by 2.2 million people in 2016. Natural growth -- the number of births less the number of deaths -- accounted for most of the population increase, while the ...


Venture Philanthropy: A People-Centered Approach to Economic Development:


Venture philanthropy applies the principles of venture capital to address societal issues and transform communities. Here's how Arch Grants puts these principles into practice to fuel future economic ...


SBA Announces Presidential Appointment of Jeremy Field as Regional Administrator for SBA Region X:


Field will oversee operations in SBA Region X which serves the Pacific Northwest states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announces the appointment ...


While One Big Sky Center plans develop in Billings, another convention center proposal is ready to strike:


Billings is actively shopping for a new, full-scale convention center that will attract regional and national groups and businesses to the city. The Hammes Group, which has been lobbying the city for ...


Technology Is Driving Entrepreneurial Growth, And We're Not Just Talking About Silicon Valley:




Group calls investing in education 'best economic development package':


"Every student has the potential to impact a community if he or she receives a high-quality education," said Bob Wise, president of the alliance, which is set to release economic impact reports for 50 ...


Economic Developers, are you helping your companies keep the Silver Knowledge of their Retiring Boomer Workforce?:


I've been meeting with executives and operations teams from global companies to local manufacturers. We're seeing a trend. 90% say they don't trust that their organizations are learning and training ...


Blackfeet Community College secures funding for $7.5 million Health Science building:


It took a creative approach to develop the funding package needed to build the 9,000-square-foot building that will house education, nursing and health training programs on the two-year community college?s ...


New Maker Movement Report Helps Cities Unleash Local Creative Economy:


A new report out today from the National League of Cities (NLC), Etsy, Recast City and the Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA) provides a roadmap for cities to develop policies, programs and a culture ...


Recruiting Participants for National Project - "Home-based Businesses: Resources, Challenges, and Factors Influencing Success":


Do you work with home-based businesses, for example providing training or consulting services related to business or financial planning, marketing, or customer service? We are excited ...


Should state have ownership in private companies?:


Established in 1992, the public venture capital fund tries to spur economic development by investing in small businesses trying to set up shop or expand in West Virginia. And we would agree with Pat ...


Forget Amazon. Seattle is ripe for poaching many smaller businesses:


Below the cluster of the biggest, highest-profile companies -- and it's not just tech, banks and hospitals -- is a huge cluster of companies that not only don't need to be in Seattle but also would benefit ...


Heartland startups finally strike back:


A year ago the Midwest seemed on the cusp of a renaissance. Small towns and cities from Pittsburgh to Omaha had perfected the YC model of accelerator creation and low-cost/high-impact funding. The ecosystems ...


Infographic: Where in the West young people are moving:


Some counties in the region buck the aging trend. Across the West, more young people are moving out of rural communities than in. In every decade since 1980, most rural counties in the 11 Western ...


Due diligence checklist for economic development incentives:


Smart incentive use begins with good upfront due diligence on recipients and proposed investments. This post provides a quick refresher on why it is important to conduct background research on incentive ...


Tapping Rural America: Craft Breweries Pour New Life Into Small Towns:




Mushrooms, shopping and doctor home visits top Colorado's venture-capital deals in third quarter 2017:


Colorado's investment activity was flat compared to second quarter The quarterly update, called the MoneyTree Report, ranked Colorado as the 13th-largest state for money raised -- approximately ...


Where are Millennials moving? The answer may surprise you:


It's no secret that young people are getting married and starting families later in life than their parents did. It is, however, a bit of a secret where they are choosing to settle down. Big cities ...

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