November 24, 2019

A New Urban Crisis?

Yes, Virginia, there is good life in small-town America.

It's true that 25 metros account for more than half the country's economy. But a recent report by the economic analysis firm Emsi shows there is life beyond the superstar coastal metros. 

Much of...

November 17, 2019

OK Boomer Boards

There is a growing realization among economic developers that their boards of directors should better reflect their community's workforce and population.

When I go to an economic development website and it features photos of board members, sometimes to t...

November 10, 2019

Chop Wood, Carry Water

The Japanese words kai (change) and zen (good) are used together to form kaizen, which means "change for better.”

It is a philosophy of continuous improvement and serves as the basis for the Toyota Production System and what Nick Saban, the Univers...

November 3, 2019

A Balanced Approach to Economic Development

Economic developers focus much if not most of their attention on industry recruitment, with manufacturing, almost by default, a primary goal.

If you look at identified target industry groups on economic development websites, ch...

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