economic development

Developing resilience solutions through systems thinking

Incorporating systems thinking into economic development planning could lead to better solutions to potential and pressing problems, says a Quarterly Research Brief from the National Economic Research and Resilience Center (NERRC). The paper emphasizes that systems, or integrated planning, is essential when writing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

Webinar: Communicating Tech-based Economic Development

How do you explain your work to others? Explore this important and challenging topic with your peers during a TBED Community of Practice webinar. SSTI will share findings about public perception and interpretation of common TBED activities, such as that people think tech transfer means moving files to a new device, and facilitate a discussion with experienced state leaders and the audience about effective strategies to build public awareness and stakeholder support. You’ll log off with new ideas for communicating your work to partners, funders, legislators, and even your family.

Smaller American cities are making a comeback with relocation programs

Families and young professionals from New York and New Orleans, San Francisco and San Antonio, Omaha, and expat communities abroad are homing in on one unassuming Midwest city as the ideal place to relocate and put down roots. If you tried to guess the destination, you probably wouldn’t guess Tulsa, Oklahoma. But this city is, in fact, one of the nation's hottest relocation destinations.

In the zero-sum game of population migration, winners win and losers plan

The dynamics of population growth in the U.S. changed during the pandemic. As people migrated away to avoid the limitations of the pandemic, one region’s population loss was another region’s gain. Now, economists are analyzing the impact of migration on local economies.

New CEDS guidelines emphasize equity, broadband, climate resilience, and workforce development

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has updated its Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Content Guidelines, effective April 2023. CEDS are strategy-driven plans for economic development prepared through a regionally owned planning process. Designed to build regional capacity and economic resilience, an active CEDS is a prerequisite for EDA designation as an Economic Development District (EDD), which serves as the main conduit through which TBED organizations may seek funding from EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance program.

Economic Recovery Corps (ERC) Fellows available

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC), in partnership with six national and international associations and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA), announced the launch of the inaugural Economic Recovery Corps (ERC) program on May 11. The program will place up to 65 ERC Fellows within partnering organizations across the United States. The Fellows will engage in new economic development projects encouraging equitable and inclusive change. Each Fellow will stay at the host organization for 2.5 years.

Pennsylvania economy gets big boost from Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Despite being hit with a recession brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest 5-year impact report from Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP) shows even higher growth than the previous five years. The most recent analysis, The Economic Impact of Ben Franklin Technology Partners, reveals that BFTP generated $400 million in tax receipts for the state and boosted Pennsylvania’s overall economy by $6.1 billion between 2017 and 2021, contributing to an overall boost of more than $30 billion since the program began more than 40 years ago.

One missing metric

For those readers who have seen their 53rd birthday, it was probably not a remarkable occasion. Perhaps it passed by without notice, and why should it? It isn’t regarded as a major milestone like 21, 50, 60 or 75.  What good is 53? It is often overlooked because we rarely run into it. We put 52 cards in a deck, but 53? We can’t deal with that.

Earth Day probably felt that way this year as Saturday, April 22, went by with fewer people marking its 53rd birthday than in previous years. Collectively, the gifts in its honor seem smaller, less meaningful.

SCRA reports over $1.15B in economic impact to state’s economy

The South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) had an economic impact of over $1.15 billion in FY 2022, through follow-on funding, grants awarded, investments made by affiliate SC Launch Inc, job support and more,  according to their annual report. This total is an increase of almost 15% from their economic impact in FY 2021. The report was compiled by SCRA with assistance on the economic impacts provided by the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business. 

ARC POWER Initiative awards $47 million to diversify Appalachian economies

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) recently announced its largest POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative funding package. This funding package awards nearly $47 million to 52 projects in 181 counties to support economic diversification and mitigate job losses from coal-related industries in Appalachian communities. 


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