Aspen Institute Publications
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An invigorating story of how the citizenry of small town Tupelo bootstrapped an economic success in their corner of Mississippi.
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.
This is a technical assistance guide for managers of small business development centers, microenterprise programs, business incubators, and entrepreneurship forums, just to name a few.
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 experience in state economic development policy to review state trade programs, and conduct personal interviews with state trade office staff and other trade assistance practitioners from across the United States.
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 every level must also rethink their economic development practices. This publication contends that, unless they do, they will be powerless to prevent their communities from being relegated to the farthest margins of an economy that is growing less hospitable to rural development by the year.
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's clusters, and how to develop strategies appropriate to those clusters. The book features two full-length case studies, and gives specific guidance to state, federal, and local governments interested in cluster-based development.
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 industry within a region to help them during program start-up.
Manufacturing Assistance Program Needs Assessment Guide / Volume 2 Firm-Level Needs Assessment Approaches
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 assistance programs who are conducting ongoing work with a targeted set of firms.
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.