Ec. Dev. Challenges

 
 
 

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…

 

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…

 

The Bathtub Analogy

Keith McBride on November 10, 2014 in Ec. Dev. Challenges, Entrepreneurship, Practicing Ec. Dev.

I am a Chris Gibbons fan, unapologetically. Chris developed a system for economic development called Economic Gardening, and because it is a systemic approach to economic development, rather than an anectdotal one, I can’t possibly summarize it in one sentence.  Quite frankly, it’s a topic for another post.  But as…