Tag: small business

Show and Tell: Cities Share Best Practices at the Big Ideas for Small Business Summit

City government should be a partner, not an obstacle, when it comes to small business development and retention in our communities. This is the major theme that emerged from the first-ever Big Ideas for Small Business Summit held in Chicago recently and co-hosted by NLC and the City of Chicago’s Innovation Delivery Team. The Big

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Keeping a Small Town Thriving

Shepherdstown, West Virginia (population under 2,000) matches the historic charm of a Shenandoah Valley retreat with the energy and entrepreneurship usually found in a more urban setting. In the competition for best in class among small communities, Shepherdstown punches above its size and weight. Ignore the pre-Revolutionary founding (1762) and the advantages of geography (77

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog discusses NLC’s 2013 Local Economic Conditions Survey results, a new ranking of state and metro-area small business friendliness, Detroit’s downtown development, a new economic development initiative announced by Mayor Angel Taveras of Providence, Rhode Island, and the economic impact of Major League Baseball. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last

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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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Leading City Issues of 2012: Snapshot from CitiesSpeak.org

Jobs and the economy, sustainability, government performance, youth violence prevention, community design, and, wouldn’t you know it, beer, emerged as leading city themes of 2012.  We surveyed the most read posts of the year from NLC’s CitiesSpeak.org blog to get a snapshot of the top local issues on the minds of readers. In order of

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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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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog discusses cities’ quests to foster technology hubs, new strategies beyond traditional manufacturing, the impacts of re-shoring, a commitment to streamlining small business regulations, and rural economic development strategies. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. Possessing high-tech startups is obviously a tremendous

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog discusses the many reasons for America’s persistent unemployment problem, explores New York City’s ambitious bet on an “innovation economy,” looks at an emerging market for microlenders, and highlights the changing environment for America’s malls. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. In

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