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Do you want to help businesses thrive in Polson, MT? LCCDC is hiring.:


Do you want to help businesses thrive in Polson Montana? Lake County Community Development Corp is seeking a part time Business Development Coordinator to provide business development services in the ...


My roadmap for the Pacific Northwest region's innovation economy :


Our region's largest businesses must form closer connections with startups. We need to think more clearly about how a startup operates in today's marketplace. Admittedly, when a startup successfully ...


8 ways cities can boost their startup ecosystems :


What is your city doing to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the digital century? Is it working? Should it be doing more? A paper by John Gibson, Matthew Robinson and Scott Cain, published ...


Rural America is ripe with potential, starving for capital:


Investment in venture-backed companies in the United States reached $57 billion in almost 4,000 deals in the first half of 2018. Yet, only a fraction of those dollars found their way to funds and companies ...


LCCDC's August E-Newsletter Celebrating the Dog Days of Summer & Cherry Season! :




From albino squirrels to the world's largest mailbox: How Illinois' small towns make a name for themselves with offbeat attractions:


You won't find fancy water parks or beaches in Casey, Ill. There are no museums to speak of. And if you want to catch a major league baseball game, you'll need to make the two-hour drive to St. Louis. But ...


How 'cluster' initiatives can help cities become high-tech industry leaders:


The Brookings Institution published new research https://www.brookings.edu/research/rethinking-cluster-initiatives/ this morning on "cluster" initiatives -- that is, when cities decide to center their ...
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The SBA is offering grants to build Regional Innovation Clusters. Your community, county or region should apply :


The SBA, Office of Entrepreneurial Development (OED), has a need for professional support of its Regional Innovation Clusters Program. As a result of the Combined Synopsis/Solicitation, the SBA intends ...


Foreign investment in the United States plunged 32% in 2017:


Trade adviser Peter Navarro, meanwhile, has characterized foreign investment as "conquest by purchase." "In the long run, we are likely to be owned by foreigners," he said last year. by Lydia ...


Seeding Rural Opportunity - Uplift America - Miles City, MT:


An innovative public-private partnership between the federal government and leading foundations gave birth to Uplift America http://upliftamerica.org/. Together, they're targeting persistent rural poverty ...


Networks, Clusters and Ecosystems: Taking Regions to the Next Level with Open Innovation :


Prosperity will emerge only in those companies, communities and regions that recognize the fundamental shift underway. FORWARD Networks, clusters and ecosystems are rapidly becoming central challenges ...


How Can Cities Succeed in the 21st Century?:


Thriving economies aren't assured. How city officials, chief executives, and other key decision-makers respond to these changes may very well have long-term consequences. "The future of work," says Michael ...


Happy Independence Day from LCCDC-July E-Newsletter:




Partners For Rural America Annual Conference - 9/16-19 - Cedar City, Utah:


The 2018 Partners for Rural America Annual Meeting will take place September 16-19, 2018 at Cedar City, Utah. The conference will include tours, including Bryce Canyon National Park, tours of rural ...


Cities are refocusing economic development efforts:


Economic development was the most prevalent policy issue across mayoral speeches in 2018, according to State of the Cities 2018 from the National League of Cities (NLC). This is the fifth straight ...


How to Develop A Connected, State-Wide Innovation Ecosystem:


Most entrepreneurs are jacks-of-all-trades who are equipped with the knowledge and abilities to solve business problems as they arise, but there are some obstacles that require a more specialized industry-centric ...


Why Cities Can't Stop Poaching From One Another Even Though It Makes No Economic Sense:




Zoom into June with LCCDC:




US population disperses to suburbs, exurbs, rural areas, and "middle of the country" metros:


Newly released census data for the first seven years of this decade signal a resumption of the population dispersal that was put "on hold" for a good part of the post-Great Recession period. The Census ...


National Funders Say They Hope Rural Groups Apply for $10 Million Challenge:


"We're really trying to reach rural communities and encourage them to apply. We want them to know that that their applications will be taken very seriously." Creators of the Communities Thrive ...


Supporting Local Efforts to Create Great Jobs through Entrepreneurship: EDA Launches 2018 Regional Innovation Strategies Program Competition:


With up to $21 million available through the 2018 RIS NOFO, this year's program will help spur innovation capacity-building activities in regions across the nation through two separate grants: the i6 ...


Technology has broken the barrier of geography that long shielded mountain towns from growth.:


"We're seeing the development of a critical mass of people who bring diverse skills, like software development, marketing and product management, who weren't here 10 years ago," said Lance Trebesch, CEO ...


"The Great American West." Montana, other western states change their branding for international markets:


A group of five western states that banded together nearly three decades ago to market the region internationally is changing its brand. Idaho, the Dakotas, Wyoming, and Montana are dropping the "Real ...


Today's TED Talk - A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow:


What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? "Like a doughnut," says Oxford economist Kate Raworth. In a stellar, eye-opening talk, she explains how we can move countries out of ...


New Revitalization Toolkit for Smaller Legacy Cities:


Not every Legacy City has the size and cultural cache of a Pittsburgh or a New Orleans to aid in its recovery, but there are resources available for smaller cities examining pragmatic revitalization ...


A not-so-quiet revolution in economic development :


The good news is that a growing share of economic developers and a majority of elected leaders are now embracing the notion that the state must attract people to grow. Most importantly, the success of ...


Montana & Idaho CDC is now MoFi:


Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation has changed its name to MoFi, a name that better represents its expanding geographic footprint and product line, said President Dave Glaser. MoFi ...


Where Talent Wants To Live:


With unemployment down and wages rising, there's growing concern that a lengthy and potentially crippling talent shortage will sweep the U.S. Addressing this could become a critical issue for businesses ...


New Scrutiny for the Federal 'Opportunity Zones' Program:


Opportunity Zones--a new federal program that flew under the radar of the GOP tax reform bill signed at the end of 2017--has been moving along and attracting new attention from media outlets. A ...


Politicians, Listen Up: Outdoor Rec Brings Big Money:


“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let ...

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