You Should Know the Economic Impact

How often have you. . . Heard a company press on a city or county to make a decision based on their economic impact locally, but without any data? Considered incentives for an economic development deal without knowing more than the number of jobs and total investment as given by …

4 Tips for Community Readiness for Layoffs and Closures

Even with all of the optimism in the economy right now, there are places where industries are struggling and jobs are still disappearing.  Worse yet, it could happen to you and your community. Are you ready? Take for example yesterday’s (March 2, 2017) big announcement.  Impacted by a declining passenger …

You Want to Succeed, You Need to Own It

Is your community hungry for economic development?  Then you need to own it.  You need to pick your target (existing or new) and then take bold steps of leadership to own it.  Success can’t be leased.  Picking the Target – this is the process of understanding exactly what assets your …

How Tech is Disrupting Planning & Economic Development

In the past several weeks we’ve devoted a number of blog posts to technology – artificial intelligence, gene editing, touch sensory robotics, machine learning and more.  Why? Simple.  Disruptive technologies are evolving faster than our current systems and mindsets.  In other words, things like community planning, small business strategies and economic …