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Housing and Economics

Keith McBride on August 07, 2017 in Macroeconomics

In Strong Towns today, Chuck Marohn gives some insight into what’s going on in California’s housing market. (By the way, if you’re interested in local government policy, I highly recommend spending some time on the Strong Towns website.  It’s a fantastic resource, and has some fascinating information and ideas.) This is…

 

Disappointing News from the SBA

Keith McBride on July 06, 2017 in Ec. Dev. Challenges, Entrepreneurship

In 2015, the towns of Yarmouth, Freeport, Brunswick, Bath and Topsham cooperated to bring a new, SBA-funded business assistance program called “Scale Up” to the area. Amidst the $43.2 million being cut this year from the Small Business Administration is the elimination of Scale Up.  The total cost of the program is…

 

Freeport’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Keith McBride on May 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

A few years ago, a friend and colleague gave me Brad Feld’s book Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City. I read it almost immediately, because “building an entrepreneurial ecosystem” was something I definitely wanted to accomplish, and I couldn’t wait for my to-do list to explode with…