1 ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN RURAL PLACES: REVITALIZING TOWNS AND ECONOMIES WITH LOCALLY BASED STRATEGIES DEB MARKLEY, CENTER FOR RURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP SARA CHESTER, BURKE DEVELOPMENT, INC. WENDY ZUCAL, DENNISON RAILROAD DEPOT MUSEUM JEN HORTON, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES (NACO) N E W P A R T N E R S F O R S M A R T G R O W T H C O N F E R E N C E D E N V E R, C O F E B R U A R Y 1 4,
2 SESSION OBJECTIVES Discuss how entrepreneurial energy can be harnessed to diversify economies and create great places. Overview entrepreneurship as a development strategy. Detail how to achieve greater impacts with: Growth entrepreneurs Sector-specific focus Quality of place
3 Entrepreneurship in Rural Places: Revitalizing Towns and Economies with Locally Based Strategies Deborah Markley Co-Director New Partners for Smart Growth Conference Denver, CO February 14, 2014
4 Overview Why entrepreneurship as a development strategy now? What s it mean to be a community or region that supports entrepreneurs? How do you achieve greater impacts? Importance of growth entrepreneurs Importance of working in sectors Importance of quality of place
5 Why Entrepreneurship? It s a whole new world! Great Recession most significant economic event of our lives From crisis comes opportunity the reset creates space for creativity and entrepreneurial energy
6 By the Numbers - Booming 1990s 3.7 million more businesses $5 trillion more sales 28 million net new jobs $22 trillion increase in household net worth
7 By the Numbers Challenged 2000s 9.5 million jobs cut by largest employers 99,000 jobs lost per month 8.8 million net new jobs created by smallest employers 92,000 jobs gained per month 93% increase in self-employment 3.3 million net gain in self-employed ventures
8 What has the recovery brought us? Largest employers cut 1 million jobs Smallest employers created 6.8 million jobs Self-employment 2% Stage 1 (2-9 employees) 2.6 million businesses; 6 million jobs; $374 million in sales
9 What s all this mean for rural communities? Pathway to prosperity is built on entrepreneurship Creates three important outcomes: Economic and social diversity Resiliency Broadly shared and sustained wealth building It means becoming an entrepreneurial community!
10 An Entrepreneurial Community 1. Includes business, social and civic entrepreneurs 2. Encourages a culture of entrepreneurship 3. Invests in relevant infrastructure 4. Builds human talent 5. Engages youth
11 Three Kinds of Entrepreneurs Business: People who create private sector economic activity for themselves and others. Social: People who create quality of life, strong community connections and address social issues. Civic: People who create trusted, open and responsive government.
12 Entrepreneurial Culture It s Opportunity Driven A key attribute of successful entrepreneurs is that they focus on opportunities. It s Positive This is asset-based development and it creates hope based on real opportunities. It Leads to Impact It works!
13 Entrepreneurial Infrastructure Robust Support Network Business Coaching Access to Capital Access to Market Research Access to Places and Spaces Access to Real Time Technology Access to Human Talent Networking to other Entrepreneurs A system of support!
14 Human Talent
15 Youth Engagement Source of the next generation of business, social and civic entrepreneurs!
16 Achieving Impact Focus on Growth Entrepreneurs Solar Roast Coffee Pueblo, Colorado Macon, Missouri
17 Achieving Impact Working in Sectors Advanced Manufacturing Institute Kansas State University
18 Achieving Impact Quality of Place If you can start and grow your business anywhere, wouldn t you want to start it in a place where you want to live, work AND play? Techpad Blacksburg, Virginia LowerTown Arts District Paducah, Kentucky
19 Your Turn #1 How entrepreneurial is your community or region? Three kinds of entrepreneurs? Culture of entrepreneurship? Infrastructure? Human talent? Youth engagement? Do you know who your growth entrepreneurs are?
20 Entrepreneurship in Rural Places Sara Chester
21 Established Summer 2013 A Manufacturing Value Chain Network
22 What is a Value Chain? SUPPLY CHAIN Greater Risk Lower efficiency Extracts wealth VALUE CHAIN Collaboration Communication Systems approach
23 Revitalize the textile industry 1. Job losses, lack of diversified economy 2. Existing infrastructure and assets 3. Saw wave of demand growing
24 Create a Foundation Build Value Chain Organize Demand & Organize Production Tagging, Labeling, Packaging Distribution Business Develop. Marketing Develop. Production Design Printing Testing Sourcing
25 Strengthening Existing Firms Connect with demand Fill latent capacity Transition plans
26 Grow/Scale New Companies Connect to new clients Build support system Mill Network
27 Identify new business opportunities Address gaps in the VALUE CHAIN? Understand demand Safety Net
28 Identify new business opportunities Address gaps in the SYSTEM? Support Services Always new opportunities emerging
29 Opportunities for businesses in other sectors
30 Resiliency and Sustainability Companies Individual Company Company 1 Company 2 Other Companies
31 Resiliency and Sustainability Cut and Sew Companies Individual Company Company 1 Company 2 Company 3 Company 4 Company 5 Company 6
32 21st Century Economic Development
33 Your Turn #2 What sectors are important in your community or region? Which are you targeting? What gaps need to be addressed to grow these sectors? How might entrepreneurs be engaged to fill these gaps?
34 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference Building on Place-based Assets and Partnerships to Encourage Entrepreneurship Case study: Dennison and Uhrichsville, Ohio
36 Dennison - Rail Uhrichsville - Clay
37 Extreme Risk: Restoration of Depot, 1984
38 E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R A M E R I C A
39 Did not work Businesses did not come. Q. What do you do when entrepreneurs and investors don t come?
40 Jason Wilson, Director, Governor s Office of Appalachia
41 Place-making: Creating a sense of place. Capitalize on your assets to foster new entrepreneurial opportunities. Create authentic experiences of a real place. Seek and nurture untraditional entrepreneurs to create a vigorous local economy that serves the needs of the community. Be in for the long haul.
42 Rotary Dennison Railroad Festival Museums Government Entities Out-of-state High School Alumnae Families with historic ties All have purchased property. All have gone into a business they NEVER operated previously.
47 New Clay Museum Plan
48 Early Success: Extreme risk, 2008
50 1. Community Planning. 2. Community Participation. 3. Creation of a nurturing environment for untraditional participation in business.
51 Twin City Tourism Corridor Plan Panhandle Passage Trailway Plan Museums Strategic Plans Chamber of Commerce Strategic Plan Revitalization Plan for Dennison & Uhrichsville Dreamsville Downtown Development Plan
53 30 years in Downtown Development: Dennison Depot: Dennison Yard: yrs 2000 Tourism Corridor Plan 2007 Uhrichsville Clay Museum: Berni s Deli yrs 2007 Uhrichsville Water Park, Trainmaster Inn 2008 Uhrichsville Revitalization Plan 2013 Panhandle Passage Trails, Phase I Opens 2013 Investors buy Uhrichsville Property 1 yr 2013 Friend of Southside buy Property 2013
54 2. Community Involvement
56 Grow our own entrepreneurs with positive spirit of partnership. Trail Project bridges gap between Dennison, Uhrichsville, Times Reporter, 2013.
57 Downtown Development Vision Plan Feasibility Study for Hotel New Bed & Breakfast New Uhrichsville Restaurant and Shops Oil and Gas Refinery
59 Tourism Dollars: Water Park: 42,500 visitors. Depot: 10,500 in just 2 weekends, 1.5 million Jobs Water Park: 56 Museums: 15 Restaurants: 50 Pride Sense of Place
63 Your Turn #3 What place-based assets could you develop to better support new or existing entrepreneurs? How have you invested to improve your quality of place? How have you engaged your entrepreneurs in the process?
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