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Our Visit to York, PA as part of Blueprint York by VentureBeat

By Blog, Rural

We went to York, PA to attend Blueprint York, a conference hosted be VentureBeat, intended to bring together Silicon Valley type investors with ecosystem builders intent on creating new forms of economic opportunity in York. This was a follow on to the highly successful conference held in Reno in 2018. The York, PA event had all the ingredients one might want in a conference. A welcoming local community which understood…

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Maker City partners with Johannesburg for Creative Placemaking

By Blog, International, Localism, Rural

Recently, we were asked by Johannesburg Inner City Partnership (JICP) on behalf of the Makers Valley Collective to partner with them on a unique proposal for Creative Placemaking. The proposal was solicited by the U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg and asked for local organizations on the ground to propose work supporting inclusive growth in South Africa: promote conscientious urban revitalization in low-income urban neighborhoods through “creative placemaking” that integrates community-based arts…

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Our visit to Allegany, County New York

By Blog, Localism, Rural

Allegany County is located in upstate New York. This is a small county with a population of not quite 50,000, one with significant assets. A highly skilled population, especially as compared to other rural areas, with a concentration of tradespeople and advanced manufacturing competence The presence of both advanced manufacturing and science-based businesses as well as lower-tech “craft” businesses such as artists and small-scale agriculture Deeply affordable – both in…

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