News and information on the role that government, small business, the nonprofit sector and philanthropy play in creating healthy and vibrant communities.

Self-Employment is Key to Economic Development
With youth unemployment on the rise, many young people are taking the alternative route to seeking employment, such as starting their own business. To break down some of the barriers that stop...more



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Iowa Economic Development Authority has unveiled its Project Alluvion, which will grant $18 million in sales tax rebates for Microsoft to create a data center in West Des Moines. The data center...more

Department of Economic Development Reports Rise of Employment in Missouri
The Department of Economic Development reports that Missouri's unemployment rate is lower than the national unemployment rate. Spokesman Joh Fougere enthuses that it's a good sign the state...more

Career Pathways for Better Paying Jobs
COWS (Center on Wisconsin Strategy) and CLASP have profiled adult workers in every state who are in need of better skills and wages. One approach to helping low-income adults and long-term...more

Recession Forces 65 Years and Older to Stay in Workforce
According to a report in the New York Times, baby boomers seem way better off than most age groups in the workforce. An increasing number of workers aged 65 and older opt out of retirement and...more

Stimulating Opportunity: Subsidized Employment Helps Long-Term Unemployed Get Back into the Workforce
A new report presented by the Economic Mobility Corporation, Stimulating Opportunity, shows the role subsidized employment programs can play in integrating long-term unemployed workers back into the...more

Utah Employers who employ the Homeless may be Eligible for Tax Credit
A bill passed by the Utah House will enable Utah employers who hire homeless people to have a limited number of tax credits. Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City backed the HB140 bill, where...more

Ontario Employment Fund Helps Young People Get Jobs, Training and Measurable Work Skills
The Youth Employment Fund, located in Ontario, is helping local young people get sustainable jobs, receive training and earn some valuable work experience. The fund is helping employers provide...more

Young Etruria Entrepreneur Launches Young Creatives
An 18-year-old Etruria entrepreneur has recently launched his social enterprise called Young Creatives. Young Creatives is part of Emeka Forbes's plan to help squash youth unemployment rates in...more

Tech-transfer Tool Hatches New Jobs
Sandia National Laboratories researchers are viewed as contributory in creating jobs and furthering economic development. Sandia has developed the medical diagnostic lab-on-a-disk SpinDx, which is...more





Tom’s, the social enterprise popular for its shoes, has released a pair of shoes and a pair of shades to benefit Make It Right, a nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt in 2007 that builds affordable, green homes, buildings and communities for underserved and low-income populations.




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