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You Say You Want a Revolution

You Say You Want a Revolution

To say that economic development is going through a revolution is an understatement. What we do about it as a country will make the difference between second and third tier communities making it or not. To put it succinctly, while the historic role of economic...

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America is Slipping. Should the Feds Intervene?

America is Slipping. Should the Feds Intervene?

A recent Brookings/ITIF report announced recently that nine out of 10 tech jobs were created from 2005 to 2017 in just five U.S. markets: Boston, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Nine out of ten. Roughly half of the remaining 382 markets lost jobs...

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The Super Heroes of Middle America

The Super Heroes of Middle America

As Waymaker closes up a three-day tour with generous Midwestern hospitality provided by the leaders of the Cortex Innovation Community, it sinks in deeply: innovation leaders in the middle part of the country are made from a special kind of mettle. Leaders of Cortex,...

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The World is Flat. Now What.

The World is Flat. Now What.

Thomas Friedman caught our attention in 2005 with his now-famous book; The World is Flat. Millions of us in the middle U.S. had already started to live the reality of the book's premise, which was that business would soon be largely global, not local. Interesting then...

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United We Stand

United We Stand

We've been doing some planning work here at Waymaker and as we fine-tune our services and offerings, I keep coming back to this piece so beautifully articulated by David Brooks. A commentary on our country's current division(s), it lands as a tribute to Frederick...

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We Were Unprepared

We Were Unprepared

The last 90 days have been full: 12,000 miles crisscrossing very distinctive regions in the Middle and Eastern U.S.; three innovation conferences; meetings with two mayors; visits with thirty-three C-suite execs from municipalities and private industry; reconnections...

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$22K in 1992

$22K in 1992

My sister recently sent a package of old school pictures (my bangs were pretty awesome in the 80s if I do say so), cards and mementos—personal belongings from my father who passed away four years ago. Among the items, a small piece of paper from Emery Air Freight. The...

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It’s Happening

It’s Happening

It’s taken a while to get here. Admittedly, I was isolated, extremely, while living and working in Austin’s tech bubble. But the last three years has allowed me to not only dive deep into a number of different industries but to understand from CEOs, founders and...

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Is it too late for Middle America?

Is it too late for Middle America?

For the past 18 months, I’ve been giving Steve Case’s book, Rise of the Rest out to future and current clients. Mr. Case is best known as the founder of AOL but in years past has continued to provide his view into the technology industry’s crystal ball. There are few...

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