Small businesses are growing in number, economic reach and economic impact … the businesses our communities are dealing with, more and more, are small.
Economic development is vital for most communities. But what kind of development and where it best fits are often challenging questions.These articles & postings consider various aspects of planning for local economic development.
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Low taxes! Great Incentives! Central location! How does that make you special? This is an old industrial-era economic development paradigm. Instead, Della Rucker suggests, focus on what makes your community unique.
“I see usability.” That was Della Rucker’s father’s favorite saying — and it carries an important lesson for how we can view our cities and towns.
Della Rucker looks at how — within an environment of rapid change — businesses are increasingly making “little bets.” Is this a model that would also work for local government planning and economic development?
In today’s section of The Local Economy Revolution, Della Rucker talks about selling cars. Find out what lessons that has for local economic development.
Your home grown businesses are the ones that are adapted to your community’s social, cultural, and economic environment — and are often in the best position to anticipate and adapt to changes in the world surrounding them.
Do you view your local economy as a paper machine — with various lever you can control to generate different outcomes. Or do you view it as a garden — where your job is to nourish the soil?
Della Rucker continues her focus on the issue of talent and local economic development, and then considers what young job seekers are looking for in deciding where to live and work.
Today, Della Rucker looks at the challenges communities face in dealing with talent, and the importance of uniqueness.
Della Rucker take a look at the role unintended consequences play, and then asks why we don’t do a better job of evaluating our actions and policies.
When it comes to managing and governing our communities, we allow circumstances to make decisions for us more often than any of us want to admit.
Della Rucker starts this section by asking why we still view economic development as a contest. She then takes a look at “magic bullet” thinking, and wraps up by discussing “those pesky unintended consequences.”
Do we in local government question our assumptions? And, what does it mean that we now have lots of 50 and 100 pound gorillas — instead of just a few big 800 pound ones — leading our communities?