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Making the Most of 'Opportunity Zones':


Created to speed investment in struggling communities, the federal Opportunity Zones program could also spur research into how capital can be better deployed on a district-by-district basis. "At ...


Aviation Way Commercial Center in Missoula will meet demand for short and long-term industrial, distribution and office space:


A new, two-phase Flex Building featuring up to 128,700 SF is in development and available for pre-lease now. The Flex Building(s) will be located on Aviation Way, between the Missoula Development ...


Everything About Tax Increment Financing - Community Voices: TIFs are a tool for revenue growth, not a raid on city revenues:


A controversial form of value capture, tax increment financing begs for further analysis and understanding. A new report by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy sheds light on the subject. James ...


LCCDC's September E-Newsletter Back In Business:




How to Build a Stronger Economy:




Cities need to be more creative in building a tech-driven economy:


What are some companies I should be watching in your city? What conversations are you having right now about what's needed to better grow and foster tech startups? And what could your city be doing to ...


The Wit & Wisdom of an Economic Developer:


The Wit and Wisdom of an Economic Developer is a compilation of articles and blogs written by Maury Forman, over his 26 years with the Department of Commerce. The book is a clever and poignant commentary ...


One-third of states consider creating incentives for investments in Opportunity Zones:


The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) has a new report describing steps states are taking to make the most of their Opportunity Zones. One common strategy is assessing how other incentive ...


Branding Is The New Economic Development:


For cities that give them and businesses that receive them, financial incentives aren't a sustainable way to drive economic development. With all things equal, they may tip the occasional project in your ...


Building an economy that works for everyone:


Economic growth in our city is critical to making, and keeping, Albuquerque strong. But some of the old strategies haven't worked. Albuquerque is behind the rest of the United States in income growth ...


Talent will determine the world's next tech investment hubs:


For years, Silicon Valley wasn't the main place many venture capitalists looked for deals -- it was the only place. But the Bay Area is beginning to lose its once vice-like grip on talented workers, and ...


Better ways to measure the new economy:




Do you want to help businesses thrive in Polson, MT? LCCDC is hiring.:


Do you want to help businesses thrive in Polson Montana? Lake County Community Development Corp is seeking a part time Business Development Coordinator to provide business development services in the ...


My roadmap for the Pacific Northwest region's innovation economy :


Our region's largest businesses must form closer connections with startups. We need to think more clearly about how a startup operates in today's marketplace. Admittedly, when a startup successfully ...


8 ways cities can boost their startup ecosystems :


What is your city doing to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the digital century? Is it working? Should it be doing more? A paper by John Gibson, Matthew Robinson and Scott Cain, published ...


Rural America is ripe with potential, starving for capital:


Investment in venture-backed companies in the United States reached $57 billion in almost 4,000 deals in the first half of 2018. Yet, only a fraction of those dollars found their way to funds and companies ...


LCCDC's August E-Newsletter Celebrating the Dog Days of Summer & Cherry Season! :




From albino squirrels to the world's largest mailbox: How Illinois' small towns make a name for themselves with offbeat attractions:


You won't find fancy water parks or beaches in Casey, Ill. There are no museums to speak of. And if you want to catch a major league baseball game, you'll need to make the two-hour drive to St. Louis. But ...


How 'cluster' initiatives can help cities become high-tech industry leaders:


The Brookings Institution published new research https://www.brookings.edu/research/rethinking-cluster-initiatives/ this morning on "cluster" initiatives -- that is, when cities decide to center their ...
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The SBA is offering grants to build Regional Innovation Clusters. Your community, county or region should apply :


The SBA, Office of Entrepreneurial Development (OED), has a need for professional support of its Regional Innovation Clusters Program. As a result of the Combined Synopsis/Solicitation, the SBA intends ...


Foreign investment in the United States plunged 32% in 2017:


Trade adviser Peter Navarro, meanwhile, has characterized foreign investment as "conquest by purchase." "In the long run, we are likely to be owned by foreigners," he said last year. by Lydia ...


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:




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