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Seeding Rural Opportunity - Uplift America - Miles City, MT:


An innovative public-private partnership between the federal government and leading foundations gave birth to Uplift America http://upliftamerica.org/. Together, they're targeting persistent rural poverty ...


Networks, Clusters and Ecosystems: Taking Regions to the Next Level with Open Innovation :


Prosperity will emerge only in those companies, communities and regions that recognize the fundamental shift underway. FORWARD Networks, clusters and ecosystems are rapidly becoming central challenges ...


How Can Cities Succeed in the 21st Century?:


Thriving economies aren't assured. How city officials, chief executives, and other key decision-makers respond to these changes may very well have long-term consequences. "The future of work," says Michael ...


Happy Independence Day from LCCDC-July E-Newsletter:




Partners For Rural America Annual Conference - 9/16-19 - Cedar City, Utah:


The 2018 Partners for Rural America Annual Meeting will take place September 16-19, 2018 at Cedar City, Utah. The conference will include tours, including Bryce Canyon National Park, tours of rural ...


Cities are refocusing economic development efforts:


Economic development was the most prevalent policy issue across mayoral speeches in 2018, according to State of the Cities 2018 from the National League of Cities (NLC). This is the fifth straight ...


How to Develop A Connected, State-Wide Innovation Ecosystem:


Most entrepreneurs are jacks-of-all-trades who are equipped with the knowledge and abilities to solve business problems as they arise, but there are some obstacles that require a more specialized industry-centric ...


Why Cities Can't Stop Poaching From One Another Even Though It Makes No Economic Sense:




Zoom into June with LCCDC:




US population disperses to suburbs, exurbs, rural areas, and "middle of the country" metros:


Newly released census data for the first seven years of this decade signal a resumption of the population dispersal that was put "on hold" for a good part of the post-Great Recession period. The Census ...


National Funders Say They Hope Rural Groups Apply for $10 Million Challenge:


"We're really trying to reach rural communities and encourage them to apply. We want them to know that that their applications will be taken very seriously." Creators of the Communities Thrive ...


Supporting Local Efforts to Create Great Jobs through Entrepreneurship: EDA Launches 2018 Regional Innovation Strategies Program Competition:


With up to $21 million available through the 2018 RIS NOFO, this year's program will help spur innovation capacity-building activities in regions across the nation through two separate grants: the i6 ...


Technology has broken the barrier of geography that long shielded mountain towns from growth.:


"We're seeing the development of a critical mass of people who bring diverse skills, like software development, marketing and product management, who weren't here 10 years ago," said Lance Trebesch, CEO ...


"The Great American West." Montana, other western states change their branding for international markets:


A group of five western states that banded together nearly three decades ago to market the region internationally is changing its brand. Idaho, the Dakotas, Wyoming, and Montana are dropping the "Real ...


Today's TED Talk - A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow:


What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? "Like a doughnut," says Oxford economist Kate Raworth. In a stellar, eye-opening talk, she explains how we can move countries out of ...


New Revitalization Toolkit for Smaller Legacy Cities:


Not every Legacy City has the size and cultural cache of a Pittsburgh or a New Orleans to aid in its recovery, but there are resources available for smaller cities examining pragmatic revitalization ...


A not-so-quiet revolution in economic development :


The good news is that a growing share of economic developers and a majority of elected leaders are now embracing the notion that the state must attract people to grow. Most importantly, the success of ...


Montana & Idaho CDC is now MoFi:


Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation has changed its name to MoFi, a name that better represents its expanding geographic footprint and product line, said President Dave Glaser. MoFi ...


Where Talent Wants To Live:


With unemployment down and wages rising, there's growing concern that a lengthy and potentially crippling talent shortage will sweep the U.S. Addressing this could become a critical issue for businesses ...


New Scrutiny for the Federal 'Opportunity Zones' Program:


Opportunity Zones--a new federal program that flew under the radar of the GOP tax reform bill signed at the end of 2017--has been moving along and attracting new attention from media outlets. A ...


Politicians, Listen Up: Outdoor Rec Brings Big Money:


“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let ...


Rather than become the next Silicon Valley, cities need to be themselves:



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New USDA Loan Program Helps Maine Nonprofit Invest in Community:


Created in 2016, the USDA Community Facilities Relending Program https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/community-facilities-relending-program provides long-term, low-cost financing for community ...


Local leadership is key for successful Opportunity Zones for Economic Development:


State and local leaders nationwide were surprised to learn that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law at the end of 2017, delivered them the most ambitious economic development investment incentive ...


How 12 experts would end inequality if they ran America:




In small towns, a way to make remote work, work:




Dream Machine transforms abandoned retail space into the latest made-for-Instagram 'experience':




'Old becomes brand new': Opportunity zones might unlock rural America's economic potential:


Buried more than 300 pages into the late December tax overhaul signed by President Donald Trump is what some officials think might be a route to economic prosperity for rural America. A community development ...


Cities Don't Need More Jobs. They Need More Workers.:




"Examining the local value of economic development incentives":


A new report from the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings considers how incentives offered in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City and San Diego align with the Brookings framework for inclusive ...

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