Happy Economic Development Week! The CEA's joining the festivities by celebrating the whole story about economic development agencies' impact on our communities -- whether they like it or not. Join us in playing along with what we're calling the "Brutally Honest Version" of Economic Development Bingo. Follow along on our Twitter account, and learn more … Continue reading Play Along with the CEA’s “Brutally Honest” Economic Development Bingo this Economic Development Week
We're big fans at the CEA of the work done by Matt Kibbe, Terry Kibbe and the rest of the Free the People team to advance the values of "freedom, entrepreneurship, individual responsibility, choice, and peaceful cooperation." We share those values, which made Free the People a great place for CEA President John C. Mozena … Continue reading Column at Free the People: Economic Development Subsidies are “Job Creation” for Central Planners
We're often asked what we would recommend for alternative economic development policies to the traditional ineffective and costly incentive-and-subsidy model. Our answer is that while the specifics will vary from state to state and city to city, there's an important common thread: Make your community a good place to live and do business. That's obviously … Continue reading Incentive-free economic development: In Michigan, that means auto insurance reform.
By John C. Mozena Santa Claus looked up from his desk as his elven assistant led his next appointment into his office. The planning process to expand his workshop had been a massive distraction from Santa’s normal work, so much so that he’d taken a rare meeting with an outsider who had claimed expertise in … Continue reading An Economic Development Christmas Story
The following op-ed was drafted too late for publication before Election Day this year, but we thought it might have some future value for anyone else whose municipality is considering changing from a council-manager system to a strong-mayor model, or vice versa. (Clearwater's voters rejected the referenced ballot proposal, and the city remains under its … Continue reading Mayors and Economic Development