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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 ...


Brad Feld Joins the Kauffman Fellows Board:


If you aren't familiar with the Kauffman Fellows Program, it recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. I was around at the beginning, spending a day a month in Kansas City with the Kauffman Foundation ...


How the Stars of 'Fixer Upper' Transformed a Town in Texas - Entrepreneurs across the country are shaping small cities. :


By staying in Waco, the Gaineses unwittingly joined a new kind of small-city American story. It goes like this: Local entrepreneur gets serious about saving (or simply improving) the city they love, and, ...


Nonprofit Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation looking to fund projects:


"Bringing this additional capital to Montana and Idaho is a great win for everyone," said Dave Glaser, president of MICDC http://www.mtcdc.org . "Through New Markets Tax Credits, we're able to fund projects ...


Welcome to the Multimillion-Dollar Business of Selling U.S. Cities:


In the world of place marketing, a pretty logo and a catchy slogan don't cut it. How do you tell the nation, and the world, your story? How do you even determine what your story is? Story ...


Dynamic Delta Leaders: Education Is the Key:


One of the great challenges here is a lack of vision from young people. I could talk about the brain drain specifically, but the root of it all is the lack of vision. They're leaving because we don't ...


Carrier incentives stir debate over 'rewarding' offshoring:


The $7 million incentive package Carrier Corp. will receive as part of a deal the company reached with President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence represents a departure from how ...


Midwestern (and Western) community leaders need to think bigger.:


It's not just the founders that are thinking small, it's the community leaders too -- especially around the Midwest. It doesn’t matter whether you run a non-profit for the tech community, own a ...


I'm not worried about Millennials taking over. Just the opposite. I'm excited about it. :


We need to be planning now to ensure that they have access to the next-gen mobile technologies they need. I hope you'll head to http://www.themobileys.com and cast your vote for The Mobileys 2016 ...


Center for Economic Development Newsletter - November 2016:


In honor of Veterans Day, this month's Map of the Month shows the percent of impoverished veterans by county. And in this month's Our Region at a Glance, we look at the 2016 General Election Results ...


It's all about economic clusters - Understanding how some cities have transformed shows why focusing on the little things can help struggling places survive and thrive.:


Today's globalized, technology-powered economy rewards deep pools of specialized, highly skilled talent. It rewards access to global networks, both physical, like international airports, and those linking ...


These Midwest towns are starting to rival Silicon Valley:


The frustrations evident in the 2016 presidential campaign season were largely fueled by an economy that is leaving too many Americans without employment or sufficient income. And the election was ...

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