e2 Feature
Since the earliest humans, our evolution transformed us from hunter and gathering societies organized around clan groups, to the rise of agriculture associated with the first settled communities, to the emergence of global trade and the rise of nation states, then the First Industrial Revolution, and the Second Industrial Revolution, and now our knowledge-based economies and societies rooted in information and bio technologies. 

Human talent and its drive to create is ever present in this development journey over the centuries. Today, the United States, including most of rural America, is facing an escalating human talent or workforce challenge that —in some locations and industries— is now in crisis. 

In our newest paper – Meeting Rural America's Workforce Challenge – we explore the causes and potential solutions associated with this deepening crisis.
Other e2 News
Workforce and E-Communities

In this edition of Pathways to Rural Prosperity Podcast Shelley Paasch of Kansas Main Street hosts Don Macke with e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and focuses on E-Communities and Workforce. Workers or human talent is foundational to communities and their economies. For decades a worker shortage has been building in the United States. This shortage is now becoming a crisis and in this podcast we explore ways rural employers and communities can grow their human talent and workforce.
Save the Date
Don Macke of e2 joins an esteemed group of panelists in a RuralRISE Summit discussion on Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Building in Rural America.

The conference runs Sept. 28-30 in Emporia, KS. View the full agenda here.

Register to participate.
Field News
Whitepaper: Golden Shovel - Workforce Attraction through Quality of Life Improvements - Golden Shovel Agency has partnered with Convergent Nonprofit Solutions to create an all-new whitepaper that economic developers and communities can utilize to encourage local investment strategies through specific tools and data. View resources here.

Newsletters: The Innovation Economy Partners team will publish a series of newsletters highlighting some of our most impactful Growth In The Rural Ozarks (GRO) projects. Each newsletter will focus on one key priority project. These projects fall into 4 GRO Focus Areas: (1) Committed Leadership, (2) Vibrant Place, (3) Resilient Economy, and (4) Engaged Citizens. View resources.
Radically Rural Summit, September 21-22, 2022, is a virtual and in-person event, showcasing innovation and entrepreneurship in the beautiful Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. This summit draws hundreds of registrants from across the U.S. Learn More.