Economist and Author Michael Shuman knows a heck of a lot about why we have a local movement. He’s also the author of the books Small Mart Revolution and Local Dollars, Local Sense.
In this interview, he goes all economist on durable and nondurable goods right at the start, but hang on, because we move right on to small towns, the return of local manufacturing and the resurgence of local retail, local foods, and why price is not enough to win. What is? Michael tells us. We brainstorm a little about how small town businesses could reach out regionally. We also are pretty harsh on old-style “attraction and retention” economic development.
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- Can rural communities retain young people? Are rural Millennials different from urban Millennials? - June 12, 2017
- How do I attract good employees for low-level jobs? - June 5, 2017
- Retail’s big split: why big boxes are in trouble and what small town retailers can do - May 22, 2017
- Surprising results in the Survey of Rural Challenges 2017 - May 15, 2017
- Where to find local entrepreneurs online - May 8, 2017
- Where do you find potential entrepreneurs? - May 1, 2017
- How can a municipality support entrepreneurship? - April 24, 2017
- Small town retail trend: shared spaces - April 10, 2017
- A blue Brag Basket - March 24, 2017