I was looking through my bookmarks of rural economic development blogs and was struck by how many either didn’t exist anymore or had not been updated in many months. This made me decide to spend some time searching for some more intelligent life out there in the form of a blog. I guess I just like information a little more in depth than <= 140 words or that isn’t competing against Farmville and the like.
Not that I ready to create a list of my new favorite blogs, but I did find some blog posts with interesting economic development information:
“Focus on rural Minnesota’s creative class, not chasing smokestacks” – Outdoor recreational amenities being increasingly a factor in location decisions by talent and by employers.
“Is job growth a good measure for economic development?” – Public officials and economic developers do not create jobs – they can at best help companies and organizations create jobs. The American Dream Composite Index (ADCI) is talked about as a tool that measures how well states (will be available for smaller geographies in the future) are enabling residents to better achieve their American Dream. BTW, Tennessee is number 33 in the ADCI list – guess not everyone is living the dream like we are.
“Des Moines, Iowa Tops Forbes List of Best Places for Business” – Sure, Iowa is a nice place and it has the Iowa Butter Cow, I’ll give you that. If you have a business and would like to have the opportunity to get a direct flight to serve most of your customers, you might like to know that Nashville joined Des Moines in the top five of Forbes list.
“New Rural Economic Development Division and Other 2013 North Carolina Legislation” – The North Carolina General Assembly created a new rural economic development division in its session this year and passed other legislation geared toward improving the state’s economic development efforts.
“Formal Broadband Plans Spur Economic and Social Development” – South Korea and Singapore is highlighted from a group of countries that developed a broadband plan and are reaping the benefits of implementing the plan for more technology availability and utilization.
“LqP Computer Commuter Wows Kansas City” – I found this interesting article through a tweet that said this blog was an example of a good economic development blog.
“When Is A Blog Not A Blog For Economic Development” – Hey, it looks like I’m doing a few things right!
“Makers, Takers, and the Politics of Economic Development” – Politics and irrational decisions involved in economic development….. I’m shocked – shocked!