Date | Title | Author

The Creative Economy in Illinois

Presented to the Illinois Creative Economy Roundtable 
February 24, 2014
Presented by: Katie Davison, Mim Evans, Pat Inman, Brian Richard, and Diana Robinson

Developing, supporting, and nurturing the creative economy is increasingly a key economic development strategy for states, cities, and regions. As communities compete for talent, innovative thinkers, and new business, and strive to enhance the quality of life for their citizens, there is growing recognition that the arts are anchors for attracting and improving these assets.
Just like any promising economic sector, the creative economy needs industry-specific policies and incentives to thrive. On March 19, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn announced the launch of the Illinois Creative Economy Initiative to be led by Arts Alliance Illinois. As part of this initiative, the Alliance assembled the Creative Economy Roundtable, a team of leaders and experts from both the public and private sectors charged with determining how Illinois can leverage its creative assets to grow jobs, strengthen the workforce, and build more vibrant communities. The presentation lays a foundation for framing the creative economy.

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Business Trends in Northwest Illinois

Presented to the Tri-County Economic Development Alliance (TCEDA)
December 19, 2013
Presented by Norman Walzer and Brian Harger

A presentation made by Dr. Norman Walzer to the TCEDA Board of Directors on recent trends in the economy of northwestern Illinois. It also identifies current opportunities and prospects for future growth.

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The Great Recession and Illinois Employment Trends

August, 2013
Presented by Brian Harger

This presentation explores Illinois employment trends during the Great Recession and since. It also looks at the relationship between recent employment trends, the State’s industrial structure and prospects for future growth.

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Measuring Community Development: Moving Beyond Jobs and Investment

Presented to 2013 Community Development Society Meetings in Charleston, South Carolina
July 24, 2013
Presented by Norman Walzer and Andy Blanke

This presentation was based on a forthcoming article in the Journal of Community Development. It reviews theoretical framework and principles, key measurement concepts and trends in measurement practices. Also discussed are examples of successful approaches and suggestions for future research.

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Factors Leading to Small Business Bank Lending   

Presented to Mid‐Continent Regional Science Association, 44th Annual Conference
May 30, 2013
Presented by Brian Richard, Norman Walzer and Andy Blanke

This presentation reviews the results of a yearlong research project that explored some of the factors that may impact small business access to capital through banks and other sources, such as SBA loans and loan guarantee programs.

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Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs: Catalyst for Rural Community Economic Development

Presented to The PASCAL 2012 Conference on University Outreach and Engagement, Brest, France
October 29‐31, 2012
Presented by Norman Walzer and Chris Merrett

A case study presentation made by Dr. Norman Walzer on the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs and its role in fostering university engagement and outreach.

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Illinois and Contiguous States: Employment and Business Climate

Presented to “Creating a Common Voice” downstate summit in Decatur, Illinois
September 20, 2012
Presented by Norman Walzer

Dr. Norman Walzer’s review of past and future demographic and economic trends in downstate Illinois with comparisons to the surrounding states.

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Business Starts and Microenterprises Characteristics and Trends in the U.S. Midwest

Presented to 2012 Community Development Society Meetings in Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: August 21‐25, 2012
Presented by Norman Walzer and Andy Blanke

This presents the results of empirical research into the factors that impact business startups in the U.S. Midwest. It also identifies the common aspects of areas with higher levels of entrepreneurial activity, as well as suggesting directions for future research.

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Tri-State Alliance Economy: Past Trends and Implications for the Future  

Presented to Tri‐State Alliance steering committee meeting in Rockford, Illinois
May 9, 2011
Presented by Norman Walzer and Brian Harger

This presentation provided an overview the Tri‐State region, which encompasses 16 counties in northwest Illinois, northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin. It examined three critical topics: how the recent recession has impacted the region; what are future prospects for the region; and ways local leaders could work together to promote vitality and prosperity.

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