Aspen Institute Publications

Aspen Institute publications are listed below. Many are available for purchase through Google Checkout, a secure system for handling credit card transaction online. For assistance with ordering publications, please contact our Publications office by email or by phone at (410) 820.5326. Please note: Orders are shipped two times a week from our warehouse in Queenstown, MD, on the Eastern Shore.

Hand in Hand: Community Economic Development in Tupelo (1999)

Vaughn Grisham and Rob Gurwitt
January 1, 1999
It would be easy, contemplating the riveting story of Tupelo's growth since 1940, to imagine that it is unique, engendered by a confluence of circumstances that cannot be repeated elsewhere. In one sense, of course, Tupelo is unique. It seems fair to say that no other community in its circumstances has accomplished so much over the last half-century with such modest resources. But it is not Tupelo's...

Developing Entrepreneurial Economies in Rural Regions

February 25, 1998

This report on the proceedings from a 1996 workshop focusing on entrepreneurship highlights the rich discourse on the culture of change necessary to create entrepreneurial economies able to compete on a global scale.

Incubating New Enterprises: A Guide to Successful Practice (1996)

January 1, 1996

This guide is meant for those in the public and private sectors who realize that the incubation of new enterprises can no longer be left to chance.

Its purpose is to explain how to design and implement effective business incubation programs. Business incubation experts Lichtenstein and Lyons offer information that arose from a fundamental question: What practices have entrepreneurs and...

The International State: Crafting a Statewide Trade Development System

Carol Conway, William E. Nothdurft
January 1, 1996

The International State: Crafting a Statewide Trade Development System, by Carol Conway and William E. Nothdurft, 1996. The objective of trade development is to foster market-savvy firms that continuously adapt their products, operations and business alliances to compete effectively, and at global levels of quality, at home and in foreign markets. Here the co-authors draw on their three decades of...

Branch Plants and Rural Development in the Age of Globalization

Amy Glasmeier, Amy Kays and Jeffery Thompson, Rob Gurwitt
January 1, 1995

Branch Plants and Rural Development in the Age of Globalization, by Amy Glasmeier, Amy Kays and Jeffery Thompson, with Rob Gurwitt, 1995. To survive in the global economy, rural communities must lear to deal with employers in new ways and to transform the way they pursue economic development. Changing economic circumstances have already compelled the business world to transform itself; governments at...

Industrial-Strength Strategies: Regional Business Clusters and Public Policy

Stuart A. Rosenfeld
January 1, 1995

Industrial-Strength Strategies: Regional Business Clusters and Public Policy, by Stuart A. Rosenfeld, 1995. An exploration into how policymakers and practitioners, particularly in rural areas, can incorporate cluster-based economic development strategies. This publication explains what cluster-focused policymaking is — and why it is sometimes resisted. It discusses how to identify and analyze a region...

Manufacturing Assistance Program Needs Assessment Guide / Volume 1

Jan Youtie, Philip Shapira, J. David Roessner
January 1, 1995

Regional Needs Assessment Approaches, by Jan Youtie, Philip Shapira and J. David Roessner, 1995. Regional-level assessments targeted toward identifying and describing the characteristics of a manufacturing sector within a service area so as to best match program resources with needs across that area. This volume is written for directors of technical and management assistance programs serving private...

Manufacturing Assistance Program Needs Assessment Guide / Volume 2 Firm-Level Needs Assessment Approaches

Jan Youtie, Philip Shapira, J. David Roessner
January 1, 1995

Manufacturing Assistance Program Needs Assessment Guide / Volume 2 Firm-Level Needs Assessment Approaches, by Jan Youtie, Philip Shapira and J. David Roessner, 1995. One-on-One interaction assessments between staff and client firms to match program services and staff to clients based on individual firm needs. This volume is written primarily for directors and staff of technical and management...

Small Towns, Big Picture: Rural Development in a Changing Economy

Priscilla Salant, Julie Marx
January 1, 1995

Small Towns, Big Picture: Rural Development in a Changing Economy, by Priscilla Salant and Julie Marx, 1995.  A look into how some rural communities across America, facing a decline in their traditional economic base, struggle to find a workable balance between preserving tradition and adjusting to change.

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