A recent report produced by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development finds that an entrepreneurial climate is more important than access to financing and banks in encouraging self-employment growth.
Meetings are worth participants' time when they appear to be well-planned. Leadership has identified where decisions must be made and where discussion only is in order. An agenda is planned accordingly. The chair keeps participants from wandering off agenda and is conscious of time.
A recent report prepared by Penn State's Center for Economic and Community Development and authored by Drs. Ted Alter and Ted Fuller highlights the decline of middle-income jobs in Pennsylvania between 2001 and 2011.
Which comes first: the mission or the money? Do your organization’s goals change with every new funding opportunity?
Or was it the invention of the internal combustion engine that sent this development pattern into hibernation? In a few days, Penn State Extension's Land Use Decision-Making Education Team will kick off the first session of the Winter/Spring 2014 educational webinar series -- Transit-Oriented & Walkable Communities. The concept presented in this session is not a new idea.
The Human Services Needs Assessment Project in Mifflin and Juniata counties illustrates a constructive approach to addressing complex community issues.
Since the 1950’s, development patterns became increasingly auto-centered. New neighborhoods were located along highway routes, and transit systems catered to drivers, creating “park and ride” routes catering to suburban commuters, and enclosing commuter and light rail stations with large parking lots.
Placemaking is a vital part of community development. Depending on how placemaking is used, it creates community vitality.
Passion is the key ingredient for a great board of directors.
Various planning tools can be used by communities and organizations to plan for their future. Three such tools are community visioning, municipal comprehensive plans, and organizational strategic plans.
At this special time of year, when many give presents, let's take the tradition to a new level. What gifts do your communities' members offer, and just as importantly, what gifts do you offer your community?
Does your organization make New Year resolutions? You may conduct year-end reviews of finances and personnel, discuss board and committee appointments and agree on programming for the coming year. But the organizational report card isn’t complete if you haven’t evaluated your progress in meeting your mission.
Commercial strip corridors are a common sight in American towns and cities. They typically connect downtowns with outer neighborhoods, but are also prevalent in suburban locations—often as the only connection between neighborhoods and destinations such as office parks and shopping malls.
If someone asked you to name the community you live in, how would you respond? While it may seem simple to define your community, there are more issues to be considered than most likely first come to mind.
Jobs seem to be on the mind of many people today. For those who have a job, there is a real concern about keeping the job. For those who are looking for employment, it is a tough time to try and secure a decent paying job.
There’s a lot of resistance to strategic planning: people often think of it as something to be endured that will have little value in the long run. They bemoan the time and energy it diverts from the ‘important work’ of the organization. But done right, strategic planning may be the most important work your organization can do.
Local food production and use is a many-faceted topic. One issue that is addressed less often is the fact that a growing number of people do not cook. Is it lack of time or lack of confidence or other factors that hinder use of local food in home kitchens?
Last month in this space my colleague Bill Shuffstall outlined some factors leading to successful local economies and communities. Let's explore these a little further.
Where will you be on Tuesday November 5? If you live in Pennsylvania, I hope your day includes a stop at your local polling place to vote in this year’s elections.
Autumn is a good time to learn more about an important economic sector of our communities. In some Pennsylvania counties farms open their gates to the public at this time of year.