Practicing Ec. Dev.


Freeport’s Public-Private Economic Development Partnership

Keith McBride on July 06, 2016 in Practicing Ec. Dev.

In the past, we’ve discussed the economic development structure in Freeport with our town council, but this year (and last year, as well) our workshop discussion did not touch on the issue.  While I’m glad to direct our conversation at whatever issues/questions the council finds most beneficial to their decision-making…


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…


As If We Needed One More Voice Feeding the Fallacy.

Keith McBride on July 28, 2014 in Macroeconomics, Practicing Ec. Dev.

I am a big fan of Aaron Renn.  I’ve been a subscriber to his Urbanophile blog for about 3 years.  When it comes to urban planning innovations, smart and sustainable urban land-use, and cityscape design, he’s brilliant. But this article, published in Governing, is such a disappointment. The theme of the…