Excerpt: That Which Makes you Unique Makes You Valuable

This selection comes from an early chapter of The Local Economy Revolution: What's Changed and How You Can Help.  If you like it, you will probably like the whole book. You can learn more and order it in the format of your choice (print, digital, Kindle) right here.   That which makes you unique makes you …

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Story Time: Help share The Local Economy Revolution at SXSW 2016

The international tech mega-conference South By Southwest Interactive has been showing more and more interest in remaking local government in recent years.  But even though conference organizers pretty clearly want to talk about it, they seem to get only a few submissions for panels or presentations on those topics. As you might guess if you've …

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Yeah, that pesky tax cut impact data: the long term view from Brookings

The Brookings Institution delivered another blow to the received wisdom that tax cuts generate economic benefits the other day, with this post examining the long term impacts of the federal deals that set the ground work for similar programs nationwide.  Here's a selection: But the record is clear that tax cuts have not boosted growth.  …

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It’s not about one dude: my interview on downtown revitalization for Nevada Public Radio

Last week, when  I was in Las Vegas to mentor at the South By Southwest Venture to Venture (SXSWv2v) conference, I was invited to speak on Nevada Public Radio's news show, State of Nevada, about community revitalization and recent business closings in Downtown Las Vegas. I've been studying the Downtown Project and Las Vegas pretty …

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The Wise Economy Manifesto, version 2.0

This is a selection from The Local Economy Revolution: What's Changed and How You Can Help.  If you like what you read here, you'll probably like what you read in the book.  Learn how you can pick it up in print or for your Kindle, iPad or other electronic reader right here.   In 2010, I …

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How to Do Public Meetings That Aren’t Miserable — and Actually Make Your Community Better

The International Economic Development Council’s ED Now ran anarticle last week that I wrote to explain why economic development people should be thinking about how to do public engagement more effectively — and why the ways we’ve been taught (or not taught) to “engage” the public so often end in anger and misery — for the public, and for …

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Building a Small Business Ecosystem in Montana

Two weeks ago I had the great opportunity to do an expanded version of my Small Business/Entrepreneurship ecosystem talk for the Montana Economic Development Association and for a selection of business owners and community leaders from Great Falls, Montana and surrounding communities.  With both groups, I had a chance to not only do the talk, …

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