A Must-Read: Ellen Harpel’s 6 steps to smart incentives use

There are very few people that I will Tweet or post sight unseen (which apparently gives me another piece of weirdness cred).  Ellen Harpel of SmartIncentives.org is about the only one for which I will do that consistently.  Her understanding of the potential and failures of economic development incentives (a topic that I gave a …

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From the Good Ideas File: Knowing the cost in Reno

A lot of people have been weighing in on the debate over the Tesla incentives deal with Nevada, but I wanted to share this article as both a valuable insight into what exactly that deal included and as an exceptional example of how to make those costs transparent, tracing out the potential impacts clearly and …

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From the Good Thinking File: Are Deal Incentives Killing the Economic Development Profession?

Readers of the Wise Economy Workshop may recall some mutual interviews and content-sharing between me and Ed Burghard of the Strengthening Brand America platform.  I've admired and appreciated Ed's marketing and communication mastery and his determination through his American Dream efforts to get economic development practitioners out of the dead end of thinking that recruiting …

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Random Excerpt: How to Fix Incentives

Note: this is a random selection from The Local Economy Revolution: What's Changed and How You Can Help.  Like what you see?  Check out the book for print or e-reader.  You'll be glad you did.    We've been talking (or, well, not talking) about incentives in economic development in the US a lot lately. They work, …

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