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Economic Development Journal - Fall 2009

TechLink: Developing Technology Partnerships with the Department of Defense
by Will Swearingen, Ph.D.
This article focuses on a “partnership intermediary” organization, TechLink, which fosters technology-led economic development by helping companies to access the diverse technology, unique technical capabilities, and sizeable research-and-development funding in the US Department of Defense (DoD) lab system.
Tags: Innovation and Technology, Federal

Bringing Back the Culture of Entrepreneurship: The Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club of Juneau County, Wisconsin
by Terry Whipple and Bonnie J. Peterson
Education, networking and access to resources, supplemented with a healthy dose of motivation— that’s the successful recipe used by the Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club of Juneau County, Wisconsin. Juneau County Economic Development Corporation was recently recognized for its exceptional entrepreneurship program at the International Economic Development Council’s Annual Conference.
Tags: Business Retention and Expansion, Business Climate, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development

Webster Goes Green: Green Commercial Building Tax Abatement Program Launches in Webster, Texas
by Betsy Giusto, Ph.D.
As entities all over the globe seek methods to build sustainable communities--those that are both environmentally and economically sound-- the City of Webster, Texas, literally struck “gold” with its novel, yet simplistic, Green Commercial Building Tax Abatement Program, which received the International Economic Development Council’s 2009 Excellence in Economic Development Award for Sustainable and Green Development.
Tags: Sustainability, Real Estate and Revitalization, Incentives

The Business Incubator on Wheels: Bringing Entrepreneurial Services to the Rural Communities in Louisiana
by Charles F. D’Agostino, MBA
The Louisiana Business & Technology Center at Louisiana State University has established an Incubator on Wheels program that has brought business support, technical assistance, and entrepreneurship to over 120 communities in rural Louisiana and communities impacted by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike.
Tags: Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development

Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor: A Regional Approach to BRAC Implementation in the Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) Community
by Karen L. Holt
Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), nestled at the top of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, will transform its 1917 installation with significant gains in research, development, testing, and evaluation as a result of BRAC 2005. The Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor was named 2009 Active Base Community of the Year by the Association of Defense Communities.
Tags: Workforce, Business Retention and Expansion, Federal, Innovation and Technology

The Electric Company to the Rescue: Saving America's Industrial Heartland Through Electric Rate Incentives
by David J. Robinson
Success of America’s industrial sector has always been dependent on power utilities. Ohio offers an interesting model for the regulation of the electric industry and the use of electric rate incentives.
Tags: Incentives, Rural Development

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