September 29, 2019

Back to the 'Burbs

Just like generations before them, as millennials settle down, have kids and look for cheaper houses and good schools, they're migrating out to the suburbs.

Suburban growth had slowed in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Millennials just graduating...

September 22, 2019

In Praise of Older Pros

It bothers me to see talented economic developers, especially older professionals who have proved themselves with a track record of success, to be out of work.

An ED organization in Alabama where I've done some consulting work recently contacted m...

September 15, 2019

The Problem with Strategic Plans

Frequently I will read requests for proposals from economic development organizations for strategic plans and think: "Bless their hearts. They don't know how to get there."

Maybe all that is wanted is a plan, so that everyone can feel goo...

September 8, 2019

Out of the Wilderness

My friend, we'll call him "Bob," was down and I was frankly concerned. Having lost his job as the head of an economic development organization, he struggled to find work in the field he loved.

Out of more than 75 applications to ED groups, Bob got s...

September 1, 2019

The Dallas Sessions

It started over craft beers early evening, continued over Thai food later in the night, resumed the next morning over coffee and ended about noon. About seven hours in all.

These were the Dallas Sessions, a follow up to me spending four days in Washin...

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