Place-Based Economic Development: A Guide for Implementation

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Introduction There are many places in the American heartland that are ready for investment to translate local expertise, found in existing small and medium sized firms and their skilled workforce, academic research, and nascent stage entrepreneurial companies, into great economic opportunity. And the appropriate role of regional policy evolves as the number of firms increases,… Continue reading Place-Based Economic Development: A Guide for Implementation

Place-Based Economic Development Toolkit: Greenwood Mississippi

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Incorporated in 1844, Greenwood thrived as a bustling cotton marketplace throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. The town served as a pivotal hub for cotton distribution, establishing crucial connections to major cities like New Orleans, Memphis, and St. Louis. However, as cotton production evolved with mechanization in the mid-20th century, Greenwood’s economic fortunes took a… Continue reading Place-Based Economic Development Toolkit: Greenwood Mississippi

Place-Based Economic Development Toolkit: Kansas City Animal Health Corridor

The Animal Health Corridor is in the Kansas City metropolitan region, spanning from Lawrence, Kansas to Columbia, Missouri. The region holds the largest concentration of animal health companies, research institutions, and service providers in the world. The Animal Health Corridor is a powerhouse for animal health and bioscience industries, boasting a significant cluster of companies… Continue reading Place-Based Economic Development Toolkit: Kansas City Animal Health Corridor

Future of the Heartland: Deploying Place-Based Economic Development

Regions across the heartland are leveraging their unique assets and resources to attract federal investments and innovative cross-sector partnerships. Here are introductory slides used in a session at the Heartland Summit called Future of the Heartland:  Deploying Place-based Economic Development where experts shared ways regions can consider physical and human infrastructure needs to coordinate action and investment… Continue reading Future of the Heartland: Deploying Place-Based Economic Development

Black Business Opportunity Strategy: The Journey of Black Business Owners in Memphis

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Acknowledgements Heartland Forward thanks the following organizations, without whom this project could not have been completed: Executive Summary Entrepreneurship is a powerful economic development strategy for communities and regions. But the extent to which entrepreneurs are able to succeed, relies largely on providing individuals with the right tools and environment to pursue their businesses. This… Continue reading Black Business Opportunity Strategy: The Journey of Black Business Owners in Memphis

The Memphis Black Business Owner Interactive Data Tool

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In conjunction with our release of the report Black Business Opportunity Strategy: The Journey of Black Business Owners in Memphis, we are also releasing a set of interactive visualizations that allow users to view the characteristics of Black- and white-owned businesses in the Memphis metropolitan area, other metropolitan areas with available data, and the United… Continue reading The Memphis Black Business Owner Interactive Data Tool