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The New “Tough-Talk” Realities of Economic Development

Leaders in economic development can expect to discuss, adopt and deploy changes in the following 8 categories in the coming years. While COVID and the Black Lives Matter movement have unquestionably precipitated accelerated transformation in these categories, the truth is, many of these changes have been a long-time in the making.

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Reason For Hope

Pay attention to the news for any length of time and it’s easy to fall into a negative state. The extremes reported on with such zeal and drama (regardless of outlet) has from time to time left me wondering if we’ll ever make it out. Memes are emerging to reflect our collective mood swings. My favorite thus far, “coronacoaster,” is defined as the swing between the bliss that comes from isolation and being in control of your time, to the fear from fretting over the future including this confusing curiosity: “why am I missing people I don’t even like?”

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How to Access CARES Act Funding For Your Community Recovery Efforts

For the first time since it was established in the 1960s under President Johnson, all communities can now apply for aid grants from the Economic Development Administration (EDA).  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) has injected massive federal funding into this previously small program, with the aim of supporting nationwide community recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Our Post-COVID Economic Transformation Will Need Innovative Leadership

It’s often been said of late that we’re ‘in it together.’ As our economy works to overcome the COVID-19 crisis, many businesses have adopted this mentality. After all, as the economy goes, so goes private enterprise. 

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Now is the Time to Re-Engineer the Technology Economy for Growth

Times are certainly hard in the private sector. And yet, they also present us with a timely opportunity. The global health crisis of COVID-19 is a catastrophic disruption that’s also our best chance to rethink some of the conventional wisdom around economic expansion. 

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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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Innovation in the Midwest: Entrepreneurship outside of Silicon Valley

Kara Swisher, the doyenne of technology, recently interviewed entrepreneurs in Indiana about what makes the Midwest so special 

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Polish your crystal ball and gaze into the post-COVID-19 future.

Everyone's opinion of what our world will look like and work like after it is safe to come out of our homes is worthy of consideration. 

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Expansion of the Fittest

Waymaker has been hard at work expanding and tweaking services to meet your new, post-COVID-19 realities. 

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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. 

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Blair Garrou

Managing Director, Mercury Fund

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Venture Capitalist