June 14, 2019

We are witnessing a tale of two very different Americas, in which some people and entire communities are being left behind. It doesn't have to be this way. 

If you boil it down to its most simplest elements, economic development is about investing in people and inf...

June 3, 2019

When you read of the spate of store closures -- more than 7,150 have been announced by U.S. retailers so far in 2019 – you cannot help but think that something very big is happening.

And so it is. But to call it a "retail apocalypse," a phrase that has gained some popul...

May 15, 2019

Over the years I have come to realize that the wealth of a community is in its people. That is true for nations, states, major metropolitan areas, and small towns.

People make the difference. People matter. When I think of people and places, two inexorably linked phrase...

April 17, 2019

In my last blog, I wrote that some of our nation’s top CEOs are saying that skills matter more than academic degrees, which will only take on more importance in the future with artificial intelligence, automation and robotics.

Some of these very same titans of business...

April 1, 2019

A simple internet search will reveal a plethora of articles, reports and studies on the future of work, suggesting that a full-scale revolution in our working lives is on the horizon.

The consensus is that disruptive changes brought on by rapid advances in digital techn...

March 19, 2019

There really is a “new world order” in the making. I’m not talking about an emerging clandestine totalitarian world government. Those conspiracy theorists who promulgate that kind of talk are, well, kooks.

No, I’m referring to something else, something that is creating...

February 20, 2019

If you are a regular reader of business news, you know there have been some large announced corporate investment projects that haven’t materialized, leaving communities reeling. These projects were either cancelled or substantially downsized.

Look, we know that companie...

February 5, 2019

A few years ago, I got a phone call from a media company that was building its first website for an economic development organization. Being newbies at this, they asked if I might serve as a subcontractor to review their work.

I agreed and they showed me what was essent...

January 22, 2019

During my childhood, my family moved around a lot. I’m not exactly sure why, but I believe that my father, a metallurgical engineer, was in demand back in the 1960s and 70s as a knowledgeable turnaround artist in the grey iron foundry business.

But I also think he had a...

January 1, 2019

Well, folks, here we are, another year gone, a new year before us. My Sagittarius Horoscope for 2019 says that I “will witness ebb and flow of opportunities and circumstances,” which is quite profound when you think about it.

But this is not about me and my personal ebb...

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