Local Investment Strategy #4: Pay Your Mortgage Faster

(This blog is part of a 12-part series on emerging opportunities for local investment that are especially important in the post-COVID era.  It’s drawn from my new book, Put Your Money Where Your Life Is.) —– In my last blog, I argued that if you have any significant savings to invest (say $50,000 or more),

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Local Investment Strategy #3: Become a Homeowner

(This blog is part of a 12-part series on opportunities for local investment that are especially important in the post-COVID era.  It’s drawn from my new book, Put Your Money Where Your Life Is.) The COVID economy is riddled with bad news, but there is one bright spot: Interest rates are at a historic low. 

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The 10 Dumbest Phrases Used By Economic Developers

ED.  Everyone’s got it, and no one wants to talk about it.  I’m referring, of course, to the wonderfully loopy world of economic development.  While no blue pill can cure it, you might be able to help. Below are ten common phrases used by economic developers that suggest they are on the wrong track. If

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Calendar of Events

March 8, 15, 22, & 29: Local Economics 101 Workshop Series, Washington State Microenterprise Association

March 4, 11, 18, & 25: Local Economics 101 Workshop Series, Vital Communities and The Local Crowd Monadnock

March 17: “Sustainable Resolutions for 2021,” SouthEast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum