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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 episode Shelley Paasch and Don Macke discuss transformative economics. They take listeners through e2’s Hierarchy of Community Economic Development framework using the Ord, Nebraska case story to illustrate how that community transformed its economy. Throughout 2022 e2 will release the entire Ord story collection.
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In this episode Don Macke interviews Kat Rutledge, Klamath IDEA executive director. Klamath IDEA is an entrepreneurial community initiative based in rural Klamath Falls in South Central Oregon. Klamath IDEA is demonstrating high-impact outcomes in its work with area entrepreneurs by employing an entrepreneurial concierge, among other strategies. Kat is an inspiring leader and a visionary behind Klamath IDEA.
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In this episode of Pathways to Rural Prosperity Podcast Don Macke reviews 2021 and what is ahead for 2022 for e2. This episode is a great summary of past and future resources available through e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and NetWork Kansas for rural communities interested in entrepreneurship development and support.
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For decades the migration pattern in America has been from rural to urban areas. Currently there is a countertrend with some of America’s city residents moving to rural communities. New resident attraction is a development opportunity but also a necessity for many rural communities. In this episode, Shelley Paasch and Don Macke explore the trends and possibilities.
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In this edition of Pathways to Rural Prosperity podcast, Don Macke interviews author John O’Duinn, an expert on the topic of distributed teams. In the evolving age of remote work, John addresses how we can “work together while physically being apart.” For rural communities, the implications are huge where people can choose to live in nearly any community, including rural America, throughout the USA and the world. John provides tips for working with distributed teams to improve their effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction.
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All rural communities have visitor attraction development potential. Many rural communities have destination tourism opportunities. In this episode Don and Shelley explore entrepreneurial opportunities for visitor attraction and how rural communities can diversify their economies through tourism. Additionally, this episode focuses on how to improve tourism to grow stronger ventures and better jobs.
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