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May 2022

New Course Series:  Insights from Ord, Nebraska

We are excited to announce that our rural community prosperity development e-Learning Courses are now available online. This free professional development resource is a guided case study on the community of Ord, Nebraska – a small Great Plains community demonstrating that entrepreneur-led development can empower a thriving, diverse, and resilient economy. Courses couple stories and insights from Ord residents with actionable guides that help learners apply lessons and advance strategies rooted in their community’s own unique assets and challenges. We also have a new podcast episode exploring this web-based resource. You will hear ideas on how your community can use these courses to grow a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem. Explore the courses now!

April 2022

Developing Rural Retail

Over the past months we've talked about our likely entrepreneurial development opportunities for rural communities. Now we shed light on why rural communities should focus development efforts on increasing area spending capture in our new thought paper, Rural Retailing. We also share stories about communities using innovative rural retail models to grow their economies in our accompanying podcast episode, Rural Retailing and Area Spending Capture.

March 2022

Regional Development and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building

This month, we share a new podcast episode, Regional Development and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building. We also share our companion strategy guide, Regional Development, A Likely Entrepreneurial Development Opportunity. The episode and paper detail how regional development organizations are fostering community ecosystem building and operation. In both we showcase our best-in-class examples of what we call our "top-down" and "bottom-up" entrepreneurial ecosystem building strategy. Find out where these regions are located!

February 2022

In the 1980s Ord Nebraska and its region was in peril due to the U.S. Agricultural Crisis. Farms and ranches were failing. Local businesses were closing. Residents were losing hope and like so many rural communities, Ord was headed for chronic and severe decline.

Curated by journalist Matthew Hansen, The Long Drive Home: How Bob Stowell and Allies Made Ord’s Future Better Than Its Past, captures long-time community leader Robert Stowell and the community’s journey to hope and success. This powerful story is part of the larger Ord Story Capture Collection that e2 will be featuring throughout 2022, starting with this new podcast episode with Bob talking about this journey and the lessons it holds for other rural communities seeking prosperity.

January 2022

What's Ahead in 2022

e2 kicks off a new year with a look at three themes we'll focus on throughout the year to help rural communities build more prosperous economies. MORE INFO.