Author: J. Katie McConnell

Cities anticipate increased focus on jobs, revenues sources

This is the third post in a series this week discussing different perspectives on the results of NLC’s 2013 Local Economic Conditions Survey. Last week’s findings from National League of Cities’ Local Economic Conditions (LEC) Survey indicated that local economies have improved over the last year, but cities are still struggling in pivotal areas – notably

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Latest in Economic Development

This week’s Latest in Economic Development looks at a new regional partnership in St. Louis, ideas for improved small business permitting, more on a library co-working space, and the economic development effects of the sequester. Have thoughts to add? Comment below or send to mcconnell@nlc.org. St. Louis City and County announced a new partnership for

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The Latest in Economic Development

The Latest in Economic Development is back after a holiday hiatus and we’re kicking the year off with a look at a new program in NYC, the Bay Area’s food truck related growth, Phoenix’s economic recovery, and a round-up of the new city rankings. Have thoughts or pieces to add? Comment below or email me

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What is Economic Gardening and Why Does it Matter?

Economic Gardening, which first started in 1987 in Littleton, Colo., is increasingly being put forth as a mainstream strategy to grow local economies. Yet, it’s still a concept that is largely unfamiliar to many people. Want to learn more about economic gardening? Sign-up for NLC’s webinar on January 22nd. It’s An Economic Development Strategy In

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Asheville, NC – Focusing on its Strengths

It’s rare to find an economic development handbook or guide that doesn’t proclaim “Focus on your strengths. ”  It is the unofficial motto of economic development. But somehow these unique strengths look strikingly familiar from city to city, like a game of economic development Mad Libs; the word “clusters” with a choose-your-surname – bio, green,

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How Do I Attract Businesses to My Community?

“How do I get companies to locate in my city?” was a top question at packed sessions at the National League of Cities Congress of Cities. Tracey Nichols, Director of Economic Development for the City of Cleveland encouraged elected leaders to promote their regions first and communities second. Making negative comments about neighboring communities while

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The Latest In Economic Development

After a brief summer hiatus spent writing about craft beer and economic development, the Latest in Economic Development returns to its normal, weekly posting. This week’s post focuses on port expansions, gambling and economic development, microlending, and mega-events. Have things to add? Email me at mcconnell@nlc.org The eastern seaboard is engaged in a port arms

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Cities Court Craft Breweries

The number of U.S. breweries is at a 125 year high with 350 new breweries opening in the past year, according to stats released on Monday by the Brewers Association. Beer drinkers aren’t the only ones enjoying this growth; craft breweries have caught the eyes of local officials and economic developers and they are encouraging

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s Latest in Economic Development focuses on craft beer, Cincinnati’s pursuit of water technology, what’s next for Las Vegas, Super Bowl driven interstate competition, and Chinese Foreign Direct Investment. Have things to add? Comment below or email me at mcconnnell@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. Cincinnati strives to

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s The Latest in Economic Development explores worker skills mismatch, a new H-1B visa report, a variety of activities in city economic development, and some upcoming economic development events. Have things to add, contact me at mcconnell@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. Lately there’s been a lot of

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