Broadband critical for economic development

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According to the Federal Communication Commission’s 2018 broadband deployment chart, Oklahoma is last in our region in broadband development. By Scott Meacham. Copyright © (2019), The Oklahoman. I learn something new practically every day in this job. For example, did you know that Oklahoma has a state meal?

Innovation is key to economic development

Innovation 2 Enterprise

Driving innovation through collaboration to create jobs is the entire reason for being of the public-private consortium of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST), the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance (OMA), the Oklahoma State University New Product Development Center (NPDC) and i2E. OCAST is Oklahoma’s only agency with the sole focus of technology-based economic development. By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman. Innovate.

Accelerators and economic development: is there a fit?

Carol Lauffer

When designing an accelerator, economic developers face the question: Should access be strictly limited to entrepreneurs residing within our community or region, or be open to anyone regardless of his or her geographic location? Thus, the conundrum for economic developers: should you place geographic restrictions on applicants, or not? Of course, they are venture or investment driven models, not economic development driven.

Protect Land, Create Jobs: Economic Development and Land Conservation

EntreWorks Consulting

I’ve always appreciated these protected lands for their natural beauty, but they’re also an important contributor to new job creation and economic development. But, this research finds that land preservation can often produce better economic outcomes, finding that communities with higher levels of land protection also had higher employment numbers. Protect Land, Create Jobs: Economic Development and Land Conservation.

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Insights: Insider Tips for Building Relationships with Foundations

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Read these tips from foundation leaders on how entrepreneurship ecosystem builders can develop relationships with foundations that invest in community economic development.

New Resources from National Partners

Co Starters

The first playbook, Elevating Women in Entrepreneurship, is a 78-page guide that covers community outreach techniques, how to develop a female-supportive network, solutions for work-life balance, how to fix the pipeline to encourage more women investors, and more.

New EntreWorks Insights Now Available

EntreWorks Consulting

This issue examines the power of place in economic development, and discusses how we can use work spaces,such as our offices, business incubators, and coworking spaces, to help build social capital, build community, and advance the cause of economic development. The latest issue of our e-newsletter, EntreWorks Insight s, is now available.

Some Upcoming Training Programs

EntreWorks Consulting

If you’re in the market for professional development opportunities, I’ve got some training programs for you to consider. They include: June 18-19: National CEDS Forum (Columbus, OH): I’ll be leading a session on economic diversification and resilience, discussing how the regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process can help regions make smart decisions about their economic futures.

Forward Cities is hiring 2 new positions

Forward Cities

Forward Cities , the largest national network of cities committed to advancing inclusive innovation and economic development, is seeking two dynamic new team members: Fellows Manager. We’re growing our team with 2 new positions!

Bridging the Rural Opportunity Gap

Co Starters

In many small towns, the historic loss of one large industrial employer has been more than enough to start a downward economic spiral that is more difficult to overcome than it would be in places with more remaining jobs and some of those other assets. Economic Development Administration.

Growing a Startup Ecosystem in Louisville, KY


Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and the Louisville Entrepreneurship Acceleration Partnership (LEAP) together announce the launch of the Techstars Startup Ecosystem Development program in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo courtesy of University of Louisville.

The Achilles Heel of Startup Ecosystems

This is going to be BIG.

Across the world, various economic development organizations, government agencies, and non-profits are putting in admirable and well-intentioned efforts to develop startup ecosystems. Yet, do you know how many of those investors came through intros made by those who have a strategic economic development interest in fostering the NYC ecosystem? This is exactly the wrong way to think about the economic opportunity presented by innovation.

Five Years of Transformation

Co Starters

A growing number of regular people care deeply about sharing their passion, knowledge, and expertise with the world through business, but they feel disconnected from existing institutional economic development resources and business support.

Networks vs. Nodes: Developing New Business Models for the Connected Age

Co Starters

Our team at CO.STARTERS has gradually realized we are not just collaborating with these players as we jointly pioneer a new way of doing economic development. The post Networks vs. Nodes: Developing New Business Models for the Connected Age appeared first on CO.STARTERS®.

Revolutionizing responsible tourism in Nicaragua

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Key components and actions of responsible tourism include benefitting local economic development, ensuring tourism development benefits the community and the environment, becoming part of the local culture, and reinvesting in the local region.

ESHIP Year Three: From Inspiration to Action

Co Starters

Throughout this entire process, it has been incredibly inspiring to see hundreds of national leaders put so much time, energy, and passion into accelerating the evolution of the economic development field. More than half of our CO.STARTERS national team (8 out of 15!)

Growing a Living Community

Co Starters

Of these, more than 8,000 went through CO.STARTERS foundational business development program; 85% of participants from 2014–18 reported that they are still working in their venture. . CO.STARTERS Summit Highlights Deepened Support for Entrepreneurial Leaders.

Where does Pa. rank for tech-based investments?

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

That’s why Ben Franklin Technology Partners, created more than 35 years ago with broad bipartisan support, has become one of the most widely known and emulated state technology-based economic development programs in the nation. Everyone knows a good thing when they see it.

Techstars and 43North Partner to Grow Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Buffalo


In addition, Techstars announces the formal launch of the Techstars Startup Ecosystem Development program. Techstars is launching with Buffalo as the inaugural city for the Techstars Startup Ecosystem Development Program.

Forward Cities Works Toward a More Inclusive Pittsburgh

Forward Cities

Everyday Cafe, built in 2017 by the Oasis Project, a community and economic development effort by the Bible Center Church, puts profits from the cafe back into neighborhood-based causes and organizations.

It Takes a Village to Build an Ecosystem

Co Starters

As the ecosystem building approach to economic and community development gains interest and credibility, the title of “ecosystem builder” has emerged to represent a specific type of community leader. By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary.

Putting Microlending into Practice: A Community Case Study

Co Starters

Create Birmingham is a nonprofit economic development agency focused exclusively on creative industries in Birmingham, Alabama. in REVeal Kitchen, a food stall / incubator operated by REV Birmingham, another economic development organization. By Rich Bailey.

How to Replicate Amazon’s Success in Rising Cities


Here’s why: The HQ2 search process galvanized cities to drive collaboration between universities, economic development groups, civic leaders, and startup ecosystem builders.

Marc Nager & Dave Mayer on building rural startup communities


Marc and Dave on the economic benefits—and potential—of entrepreneurship in a small town: . You don’t have to be in Silicon Valley to start a successful company.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners to Appear Before PA Senate Appropriations Committee – 3:00 PM, Wednesday, March 6, live-streamed: [link]

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

That is simply not sustainable to foster the economic growth our Commonwealth needs. In fact, the most recent independent economic analysis shows that every dollar invested by the state into Ben Franklin generates $3.90 Ben Franklin Technology Partners is widely known and emulated as the gold standard in technology based economic development programs in the nation. But now other states are investing heavily in innovation and high-tech economic development.

Investing in New Tech Hubs

EntreWorks Consulting

In many ways, this proposal echoes similar efforts such as the Economic Development Administration’s I6 program or the WIRED program of the 1990s. (As Not surprisingly, I like this basic concept as I strongly believe that we have been underfunding place-based economic development for decades. For example, it may place too much emphasis on innovation and technology inputs and not enough attention on talent development.

Nine Takeaways for Startups After Our Global Tour


I love that every stop of the tour included voices from corporations, investors, startups, government representatives, and economic development staff sharing what’s so great about their cities. And economic development groups and governments need to continue to make cities places that people actually want to work. We just finished GAN’s first Momentum Tour, a four-stop global tour with events in Pittsburgh, Hamburg, Lima, and Manama.

Supporting Latinx Entrepreneurs Means Building Relationships of Trust

Co Starters

In my experience, traditional economic development and community development efforts approach most communities by saying, essentially, ‘We have the answers for you.’


Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Below are brief descriptions of the innovations developed by the companies. Argolytics, LLC, located in State College , developed a web-based software solution, Trendable , that helps manufacturers assess the quality of their product during actual production.

Nebraska Thriving: Market Intelligence for the Rest of Us

EntreWorks Consulting

That’s work for academics, not for economic developers! This mindset seems to be changing (thankfully) as more places recognize that good data can lead to better planning for community and economic development. The Index is an easy to use data tool that allows folks across Nebraska to track how their region compares in areas such as economic opportunity, human capital, social capital, and quality of life.


Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Our pitch nights are attended by not only the friends and family of the presenters, but also community partners, local dignitaries, economic development professionals, other startups, and even potential investors.

Maine’s Coworking Development Fund

EntreWorks Consulting

Our latest edition of EntreWorks Insights examined the power of place, i.e., how community gathering places can help build social capital and promote economic development. The latest example comes from Maine where the Maine Coworking Development Fund has just kicked off. It’s also creating a statewide network so that space managers and developers can learn from one another and share ideas. Maine’s Coworking Development Fund.

Community Colleges as Incubators of Innovation

EntreWorks Consulting

This excellent edited volume is full of insights that are relevant not only to community college staff and partners, but to community and economic development leaders as well. Since it first launched in 2002, I’ve been a member and close partner of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE).

Meet a Community Leader: Greg Monterrosa, Los Angeles, CA


Over two years we’ve grown a community of about 150 people at Hub101, and we’re continuing to foster connections that tie early stage startups into economic development and beyond. Who are you? I’m Greg Monterrosa, born and raised in South-Central LA.

Join Us On November 21, 2019 For Ben Franklin’s $50,000 BIG IDEA Pitch Event!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Our BIG IDEA pitch events are attended by not only the friends and family of the presenters, but also community partners, local dignitaries, economic development professionals, other startups, and even potential investors. .

Community Spotlight: Wheeling Heritage // Wheeling, Virginia

Co Starters

Wheeling Heritage’s strategy is to preserve the city’s historical heritage by stimulating economic growth and supporting entrepreneurs. . Half a century ago, Wheeling, West Virginia was a hub of entrepreneurship, innovation and manufacturing.

Delegation Sharing Oklahoma’s Good News Bioscience Story at BIO International Convention

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With his focus on the development and commercialization of OMRF’s intellectual properties and technologies, Nair said the Bio International Conference helps him develop relationships with bio-industry collaborators that benefit OMRF’s research capabilities. On Tuesday, members of the Oklahoma bioscience sector met with business leaders, scientists, economic development officers and educators worldwide to discuss opportunities and potential investment and collaboration.

Here We Come, World


There will be anywhere between 50 to more than 100 startups showing up at each stop who will get the chance to meet with corporate partners, investors, economic development representatives, and their startup peers. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited. In just four days, GAN hits the road on our 2019 GAN Momentum Tour, a five-stop global tour focused on helping startups get and sustain momentum wherever they call home.

Cities Building Community Wealth

Surdna Foundation

This situation is created in part by the practices of traditional economic development. Can we create an economic system—beginning at the local level—that builds the wealth and prosperity of everyone. In cities across the nation, a few enjoy rising affluence while many struggle to get by. Current trends threaten to worsen, unless we can answer the design challenge before us.

STEM funding boosts state’s economy

Innovation 2 Enterprise

We are a state that seems ready to seize the moment and leverage the quality of life and business-friendly advantages here to add innovation and technology-based economic development to Oklahoma’s list of “greats.”. At this moment, if we want to seize the opportunity, we need to invest in these activities that advance the application of our state’s research and development to local companies that create high paying jobs. By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman.


Ben Franklin Technology Partners

This year’s contest challenged tech-entrepreneurs located in Northwest PA, to develop new “game-changing” products, processes, or techniques in creative spaces. Andrew Stanko with Full Circle Designed has developed a process for using plastic waste in the creation of consumer goods.

Mary Grove on the origins of Google for Startups & Startup Weekend


I then spent the next six years as a part of a team called new business development, which was led by Megan Smith, one of Google’s most amazing leaders. If we could help fuel and foster startup communities, that would build a platform for true economic development locally and globally.

Wolf Administration Announces New Opportunities for Tech Entrepreneurs to Develop Innovative Government Solutions

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration announced today that Pennsylvania is offering opportunities to tech entrepreneurs and startup companies to grow their business by connecting with government clients and developing solutions to make governmental processes more efficient.