From the Good Ideas File: Homecoming for Economic Impact

One of the things that surprised me a little about the aftermath of the LeBron James Returning to the Cavs announcement a couple of weeks ago was that the national press response divided pretty much evenly between pundits who regarded it cynically, and people -- not just sports people, but all kinds of writers -- who …

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From the Good Ideas File: The Micro-Factory Cometh

Two weeks ago, I was in Las Vegas for the SXSW v2v conference, which was a fascinating deep dive into the world of entrepreneurship, tech wizardry, innovation and general coolness (the last part of which left me feeling distinctly under-qualified...) I'll be writing more on that at wiseeconomy.com when I get a chance to come …

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From the Good Ideas File: High Tech for Smaller Cities

As part of my gig with EngagingCities,  where I serve as the Managing Editor, I get to read tons of interesting blog posts, articles and the like, and share them with our 21,000+ readers worldwide.  We focus on sharing the things that they won't find in mainstream press -- civil servant bloggers, small foundations' research, other people doing …

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Random Excerpt: Vive la Revolucion

This random except actually comes from the foreword of The Local Economy Revolution: What's Changed and How You Can Help .  Sometimes random takes you to the beginning.  Go figure.   --- Change sucks.   None of us want to live in a world where the basic assumptions that we framed our lives and work around are …

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From the Good Ideas file: rebooting historic preservation

I was so delighted to see this post at the Preservation Rightsizing Network, focusing on the results of the Historic Preservation in America's Legacy Cities conference last month.  The fact that this so-well-written summary came from the keyboard of Cincinnati Preservation Association's dynamo Margo Warminski didn't surprise me at all. In short, you should read …

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Random Excerpt: The Logic of Failure

Every week I crack open The Local Economy Revolution: What's Changed and How You Can Help to a random chapter, and copy what I find there into here.  If you like what you see here, you will probably like the book.  And if you don't like what you see here, you might like the rest of the …

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From the Good Ideas File: What do entrepreneurs need from local governments?

This article isn't going to win any Pulitzer prizes, but it contains a couple of very brief but important points about what small businesses (and entrepreneurs, which aren't quite the same but there's a lot of overlap) need from local governments.  If you've been fed a steady stream of low-taxes-small-government-give-incentives, this might not be what …

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