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Embracing Automation

Keith McBride on February 22, 2018 in Demographics, Ec. Dev. Challenges, Workforce Development

Last year, the Pew Research Center reported that while most Americans are aware that manufacturing employment has decreased dramatically since 2000, most were unaware that American manufacturing output has increased significantly over that same time period. The changing job market is a major issue for economic development nationwide, but even…


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…