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The Latest in Economic Development – 4.26.2012

This week’s blog highlights the implications of an export-oriented US, explores the oft-ignored US service export sector, explains the implications of the SBA’s definition of “small business,” clarifies realistic expectations for microfinance, and links to a McKinsey report on factors contributing to trends in employment. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition

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NLC’s Delegation to Europe: Day 3 [Hamburg, Germany]

On day three of the NLC delegation’s tour of Europe, we arrived in Hamburg, Germany, the European Green Capital in 2011. Hamburg is a beautiful and bustling city that is home to the second largest port in Europe and is a center of renewable energy, aerospace, and media. Our visit to Hamburg kicked off with lunch at

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Strengthening Sustainability at Home and Abroad: NLC-led Delegation Heads to Europe

The pursuit of sustainability is in many ways a pursuit of innovation. Far from altering the ultimate processes, systems, services, and objectives of local government – sustainability initiatives seek to find new approaches, use creative solutions, and plan comprehensively to enhance overall efficiency of cities and create healthy, prosperous, and strong communities. Sustainability approaches bring

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Thinking Big on Main Street

As we consider how cities can thrive, we try to look at the big picture.  We often begin at the city level and think beyond it—creating economic linkages with foreign markets, addressing the global issues of energy use and climate change, and focusing on cities’ roles within their regional, national, and international context. But last

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The Latest in Economic Development – 4.9.2012

This week’s blog highlights an innovative high-school training program in Seattle, a “big data” partnership at Rutgers, the development of “frugal innovation,” Midwestern foreign investment, and small business jobs numbers. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. Many workforce development initiatives focus on job training

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How Cities Support Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

There’s been no shortage of interest and commentary about the importance of entrepreneurs and small business to the nation’s recovery.  Almost daily, economists and policy wonks engage in a seemingly never-ending discussion on what the “right” businesses are to create jobs. And while these conversations have utility and value, they have not produced many actionable

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The State of the Cities in 2012: Mayors Adopt a Sustainability Framework

This is the last post in a seven-part series about US mayors’ 2012 State of the City speeches. Ten years ago, if you looked far and wide, you may have heard the word “sustainability” in one- possibly two- mayors’ State of the City addresses.  Five years ago, a few more mayors, especially those with a

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The Latest in Economic Development – 4.2.2012

This week’s blog highlights two Wall Street Journal debates revolving around entrepreneurship and startup funding, gives a deserving mention to an increase in women-owned businesses in New York, and explores the recent explosion of interest in learning how to code. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic

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The Ryan Budget Will Impact Worker Skills and Job Growth

By Neil Bomberg, Program Director Last week, the House of Representatives passed Chairman Ryan’s budget resolution.  Though it has no chance of passing by the Senate, it will have an impact on the way in which the House allocates funds to various line items in the appropriations process.  My view is, and this is a

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Congress Should Not Follow Paul Ryan’s Plan and Cut or Eliminate Job Training and Pell Grant Programs

By Neil Bomberg, Program Director It is hard to understand, when one looks at the program outcomes for the Pell Grant program and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), why House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan wants to cut or eliminate their funding.  Both appear to be helping Americans obtain the job skills and education they need

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