MDB Insight Blog

Reimagine the Canals as a Great Community Revitalization Project

Several communities in New York State along the old Erie Canal system have been working on community revitalization along the more than 350 miles of the former industrial shipping channel. 

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How to Develop an Economic Development Strategy: Follow Maine’s Lead

Strategic planning for economic development is not a new thing. But for many smaller communities it hasn’t been a huge priority until recent years. So where do you start with creating a strategic

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Alaska Tourism Economy: Promoting Local Tourism, Looking to the Future

As with many places in the world, tourism is a critical part of Alaska’s economy. The state is a popular tourist destination, and up to one third of visitors to the state are returning visitors who

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Happy New Year

As 2020 comes to a close, the MDB Insight team extends our best wishes for the new year ahead.

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Attracting Energy Sector Companies to Your Community

Sustainable energy is a hot topic; it's also an industry quickly creating a wide range of jobs that could come to your community. Besides the obvious things that companies invest in, like research

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A MDBInsight Holiday Message

Wherever you are this holiday season, in a small gathering or joined with loved ones from afar, all of us at MDB Insight wish you peace and happiness.

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Michigan: A Stellar Example of How to Attract Startups

The auto industry restructure in the ‘80s was a massive blow to the Rust Belt, particularly to Michigan and especially to the city of Detroit. But the state has worked hard to reinvent itself since

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Will Your Community Aid Investment in an Affordable Housing Program?

Affordable housing can be a tricky topic to discuss in many communities. Economically, there are some solid arguments for an investment in affordable housing programs. Statistics consistently show

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Will Your Community Support Alternatives to Recycling?

Most North American cities have been collecting recyclable material for many years. The majority of these items were sold to China for reprocessing, to be manufactured into new goods. But in 2017,

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A Unique Approach to Removing Employment Barriers

This week our #WednesdayswithMDBinsight post highlights a recent project that stood out for Trudy Parsons, EVP, and brought success to London area participants.

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Planning for the Unplanned: Focus on What You Can Control

COVID-19 has forced communities worldwide to adapt, pivot, and react quickly over the past several months. It’s undoubtedly been an extremely challenging year, and it's not over yet.

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3 Things an Economic Development Officer Can Do for Local Businesses

Economic Development Officers like you are experts in economic development strategies and resources for the community as a whole and for local businesses; but not everyone will know your purpose. In

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