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Pathways to Rural Prosperity

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The Pathways to Rural Prosperity Podcast provides strategies to empower rural community success and vitality. Hosted by e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems' Don Macke, episodes will feature interviews with cutting edge rural development thought leaders and community practitioners; remarkable entrepreneurs including business, nonprofit, and government professionals; and the learnings of e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. Connect with Don, learn more about e2, and subscribe!

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In this edition of Pathways to Rural Prosperity podcast, Don Macke with e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems explores one of the most significant trends driving urban America to rural communities.   Urban America is Filling Up – Opportunities for Rural America provides illustrations of the motivations that are causing urban residents to relocate to more rural areas ranging from small cities to very small rural villages. Don also addresses what your community should be doing to tap into this development opportunity and trend.
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This episode is Part 1 of a four-part series focusing on (e2’s Development Framework. )In this episode Shelley and Don explore the keys to community readiness needed for engagement in entrepreneur-focused development and entrepreneurial ecosystem building. They also explore the foundations for organizing a community to undertake this work. Shelley draws from her NetWork Kansas experiences where she is an entrepreneurial community coach and Don provides insight from work throughout North America.
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This episode puts a spotlight on the development success of Ord, Nebraska and Valley County. Don Macke interviews his guest, David Iaquinta, sociologist and college professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University, about what he found during his extensive story capture work regarding the role of leadership in Ord’s development journey.
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Shelley and Don share examples of economic crashes rooted in single industry economies. They focus on stories where rural communities that pursued entrepreneur-led development and diversification after a crash experienced quicker recovery and greater prosperity. 
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Our guests, Deb Markley, LOCUS Impact Investing, and Dan Vorisek, Rural Action, describe the background, purpose, process, and outcomes of this region’s three-year entrepreneurship initiative seeded by the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER grant. This work is captured into a collection of impact stories, some of which Deb and Dan highlight during this episode.

Peter Creticos, Institute for Work & the Economy, joins Don in a discussion about some of the policy issues and themes related to work during the 2020 pandemic year and the pandemic’s impact on entrepreneurship.