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Economic Development

Action -- Not Lofty Rhetoric -- Needed Out of Obama's Nairobi Summit

Charlotte Florance | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Charlotte Florance

President Obama is in Kenya for the 5th annual U.S. Global Entrepreneurship Summit. While the African continent is not a surprising choice for the Summit, given it is home to some of the most promising economies in the world.

How Do We Get Businesses Working Towards the Sustainable Development Goals?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 07.21.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

One of the most significant changes since the declaration of the Millennium Development Goals, set to conclude this year, is that the private sector is now seen as a key stakeholder. With governments reneging on prior commitments, and given the projected $3 trillion to $4.5 trillion price tag to achieve the SDGs, corporate participation is essential.

Growth -- The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Economic growth is the most powerful single determinant that has ever entered political and economic language.

The Global Middle Class: A Force for Radicalism

Brenda M. Seaver | Posted 07.14.2015 | World
Brenda M. Seaver

Anecdotal evidence from the last decade suggests that U.S. officials need to consider the multiple ways in which the rising global middle class is fueling radical politics.

Finance as a Tool for Inclusive Growth

Bertrand Badre | Posted 07.10.2015 | Religion
Bertrand Badre

"This is the one of the most beautiful scenes I'll ever see in my life," I thought and said so to our guide, who also happened to be a monk. "You know that's wrong," he replied. "Every single human being is more beautiful than this."

How Best to Achieve Gender Equality

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 07.09.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

Gender inequality in parts of the developing world is much worse than in rich countries, where it does still also exist; traditional cultural norms mean that many girls receive little education, are married and bear children while still adolescents and cannot even open a bank account.

Better Stoves Can Reduce Indoor Pollution

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 07.01.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

Around 1880, when the air was worst in London, it is estimated that 9,000 people died each year from air pollution, about one of every seven deaths. Today, London air is cleaner than it has been since medieval times.

Empowering Survivor Communities Through Commerce

Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr. | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr.

Economic empowerment is a commonly used term these days. Programs upon programs are developed and implemented with the hopes of providing disadvantaged populations with the necessary tools, skills, and resources that will allow them to improve their economic conditions.

Mississippi at the Crossroads of History

Mike Green | Posted 07.01.2015 | Technology
Mike Green

It's surreal to be in the south during this time in history. The hot, humid muggy Mississippi weather today was interrupted momentarily by a ferocious thunderstorm that flashed and rumbled over the Capital City, dumping buckets of warm rain in its hurry to race through the region.

Integrating Roma Into Europe's Future: Change Must Come From Within

Athéna Tacet | Posted 06.24.2015 | World
Athéna Tacet

A large majority of the estimated 10-12 million Roma living in Europe, six million of them in the EU and the majority in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and Romania, continue to face social-economic prejudice, exclusion from mainstream education and healthcare, intolerance, xenophobia and stigmatization.

Igniting a National Movement With Inclusive Competitiveness

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

Whether addressed through stories of the candidate's humble origins or lofty ideals, their conversations are beginning to be about how to set the economic stage for greater prosperity for all of our citizens. This is a promising trend.

Research Institutions Are a Vital Economic Engine on Long Island

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 06.10.2015 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

Long Island's research institutions are key to the region's economic activity and potential growth. We should see them not as ivory towers but as vital parts of the engine that powers the region -- and its future prosperity.

Lessons From Other Cities at Detroit's Global City Forum

Rana Florida | Posted 06.10.2015 | Detroit
Rana Florida

It's a fact of life: cities rise and cities decline. While the largest can hold their dominance for a very long time, second- and third-tier cities come and go.

Corporate Welfare Fails to Deliver the Jobs: The Sad Case of Start-Up NY

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.28.2015 | New York
Lawrence Wittner

For several decades, state and local governments have been showering private businesses with tax breaks and direct subsidies based on the theory that this practice fosters economic development and, therefore, job growth. But does it?

Circular Economics: Generating Jobs for the Young in the Middle East and Africa

Roland Jonkhoff | Posted 05.27.2015 | Business
Roland Jonkhoff

The circular economy needs new skills to design products in a truly circular way, complete with healthy materials and easy disassembly. It needs all the innovativeness of people in cities across emerging markets to find the best ways to share resources, remanufacture, up-cycle and reuse them.

Imagine If We All Worked Together

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 05.21.2015 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Since my arrival at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in July 2006, I have seen the potential in this community for growth and prosperity.

Privatization Fail: Scott Walker's WEDC in Full Meltdown

Mary Bottari | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

During the 2010 campaign for governor, Scott Walker famously promised to create 250,000 jobs in his first term. Toward this end, one of his first acts as governor was to privatize the state's economic development agency.

A Simple Formula for Peace and Security in Africa

Henri Fouda | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Henri Fouda

In the coming months, several African countries will be holding elections. The flurry of electoral activity marks progress towards democratic rule in a continent where, until recently, military coups were a common practice for the transfer of political power.

Millennials Key to 'Start Up' New Economy

Andrew D. Gillum | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Andrew D. Gillum

With the advances in technology over the past decade, the opportunity to attract and keep young talent has been more competitive than ever.

Transforming Mobility on Long Island Requires the 'Third Track'

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 05.14.2015 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

That means adding a track to the 9.8-mile segment of the Long Island Rail Road's Main Line from Floral Park to Hicksville. The extra track would eliminate the current bottleneck where so many branches converge. It would increase the frequency of trains and enable effective reverse commuting to take place.

Techweek Meet Kansas City... Kansas City Meet Techweek

Jason Grill | Posted 05.11.2015 | Technology
Jason Grill

Good collaborations and true "fits" are really a thing to behold in life and in business. One of those has been built in Kansas City, Missouri.

BIG: Buy Local, Invest and Hire Local, Give Local

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

Late last year, working with an impressive array of more than twenty institutional partners, the Insight Center for Community Economic Development launched an important new initiative.

A Promising Model for Bipartisan Cooperation on Long Island

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 05.06.2015 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

At a time when bipartisan cooperation is much-needed and all too rare in the United States, a new initiative on Long Island offers hope. Leaders of Su...

The Internet of Everything: Boring, But So Important

John M. Eger | Posted 05.03.2015 | Technology
John M. Eger

When we are just getting used to Twitter and Facebook, Email and SPAM, along comes "The Internet of Everything" (IoE) where everything -- well almost everything -- is connected to everything else.

Want to Fix Illinois' Economic Development Agency? Put it Out to Pasture

Hilary Gowins | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

Illinois' economy is sputtering. And it's not because the state's economic development agency isn't doing its job. In fact, it's partly because the agency exists in the first place.