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Wednesday, May 23, 2018  
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Coming Up

On May 30, Ellen Harpel, along with apanel of economic development experts, will discuss how Loudoun County, Virginia, can most effectively address its workforce, housing and transportation challenges.

In June, Ellen will present a session at the CDFA Maryland Conference on Leveraging Tax Incentive Use in Development Projects, andwe will join our partner Lisa Sturtevant & Associates at the Annual Meeting for the American Planning Association - Maryland to present a panel session on Planning for Inclusive Communities.



Recent Blog Articles

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Opportunity Zones – Driving Community Development Finance Through Equity Investments
How should local communities with Opportunity Zones begin the important work of identifying potential investments and attracting investors? We review the basics in this post from the Council of Development Finance Agencies.




Rural Grant Program Linked To Employment Growth, Business Survival
Rural communities seeking ways to help small businesses and increase employment may draw inspiration from this grant program.




Earnings Without A Salary: Trends In Proprietors’ Income
Work in today’s economy is conducted in many different ways that increasingly does not involve a wage or salary job. How do these new ways of working affect regional prosperity?




Top Stories in the News


When All Else Fails, Tax Incentives Probably Will, Too

Even when tax breaks work and spawn new jobs, local residents may not reap the benefits. So why does everybody do it?

Amazon has Finished Visiting the Top 20 Contenders for Its New HQ

Several cities in the top 20 have already noted that simply making it onto Amazon's final list has led to an uptick in interest from other companies.

Virginia, North Carolina Could Become Tech Hubs

The two areas are looking like top contenders for Amazon and Apple locations, respectively.

Houston Council Sets Higher Bar for Firms Seeking City Subsidies

Check outthe new guidelines that thecity council passed on May 16.



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