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It’s Time to Build

It’s Time to Build

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz calls on America to reverse the inertia, stop with the excuses, and get to building things again.          

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Expansion of the Fittest

Expansion of the Fittest

Waymaker has been hard at work expanding and tweaking services to meet your new, post-COVID-19 realities. As leaders in government, industry, and higher education shift their attention from long-range planning to immediate survival, we have been busy gathering...

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Middle America Darlings

Middle America Darlings

In addition to serving our clients in crisis, Waymaker Group has been working hard behind the scenes to expand and fine-tune services we know our communities will need when the COVID-19 chaos settles. Teammate Brian Kelsey’s piece on the abundance of talent in...

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The Imbalance of Innovation Growth

The Imbalance of Innovation Growth

The December white paper issued by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation & The Brookings Institution has, thankfully, been getting a lot of national attention and represents the next chapter in our country's economic history. The bad news? 90% of...

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It’s Your Creatives, Silly

It’s Your Creatives, Silly

Setting an intentional economic development strategy and promoting the hell out of your creative industries are best practices other mid-markets can learn from. While neither Austin nor Nashville are perfect, both cities took early leaps into investing in talent...

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No Risk, No Economic Impact

No Risk, No Economic Impact

We're in conversations right now with some cities struggling to determine whether or not investments in the innovation economy are too risky, or if the change in patterned behavior will be too disruptive. Some cities struggle with competing political interests. While...

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Inclusive Innovation?

Inclusive Innovation?

The term, “winner takes all” is a common if not stale term that’s been used in the technology industry for years. While it may be an ugly reality in tech, it’s a principle that has some significantly detrimental consequences in economic development. The Brookings...

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Fastest Growing Occupations

Fastest Growing Occupations

The World Economic Forum recently released a report re: the fastest growing occupations. Which rank at the top? Artificial Intelligence specialists, medical transcriptionists, data scientists, customer success specialists and full stack engineers. ...

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Blair Garrou

Managing Director, Mercury Fund

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Venture Capitalist

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