January 24, 2018

This much we do know – that economic development is business development. And business development means, in some form or fashion, outreach.

If we are to further break it down in the simplest of terms, and I think there is value in doing that, then it follows that much...

January 14, 2018

There were problems to be overcome. But in the end, the systems were the solutions. Two belief systems, both focused on continuous improvement and with roots in Eastern philosophy, made national headlines last week.

And Alabama was the big winner as a result.

For Nick Sa...

January 8, 2018

On August 16, 1964, Lowell Eggermiers walked into a San Francisco police station, and announced, “I am starting a campaign to legalize marijuana smoking. I wish to be arrested.” Whereupon he fired up a joint and his wish was granted.

In 1964, possession of marijuana was...

December 17, 2017

A year ago, I wrote a blog entitled, "The Big Business Story to Come," about the incoming Trump administration’s plan to cut corporate taxes in a drastic manner to spur economic growth. At the time, I thought it was a dandy idea.

Celebrated by Republicans and scourged b...

December 3, 2017

Economists tell us that productivity growth in the United States has declined sharply since 2004, all the while advances in digital technology have been growing. Now if that is not a head scratcher, I don’t know what is.

These same economists have various explanations f...

November 7, 2017

As a consultant to economic development organizations and industry, I have been to many communities, big and small, that have great potential. Or as I used to say when I lived in Alabama, “PO-tential.”

That is, these are places that have the capacity, the power to devel...

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