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    The Elephant in the Room

    Economic Growth Isn’t Economic Development

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    The Elephant in the Room

    Your Bored of Directors

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    The Elephant in the Room

    The Missing Potential of Targeted Industries

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  • Solving the puzzle in the storm: A look at the community schools model

    By: Teresa Barber

    Growing up in Pensacola, I enjoyed the suspense of many hurricane days as a kid. My family would typically have to evacuate to a spot further inland from the coast, usually to my grandparents’ house. We would have books, radios, games, and puzzles splayed out to keep us all occupied while we waited out the […]

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  • Support for STEM can give voice to the “Silent Key”

    By: Teresa Barber

    A new album crossed my Spotify playlist this past week: Frank Turner’s Positive Songs for Negative People. While listening, the song “Silent Key” caught me off guard. Woven into the lyrics is a haunting imagined message from fallen astronaut-teacher Christa McAuliffe to a ham radio operator. Silent key is a term used to denote a […]

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  • Our STEM system: Failure to launch

    By: Teresa Barber

    At 9:30 a.m. June 4, special guests rang the New York Stock Exchange opening bell signaling the market’s daily opening. In 1956, a 10-year old launched the tradition as the first guest to ring the bell. Leonard Ross won a television quiz show answering questions about the stock market. On this more recent June morning, […]

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  • Geographies of Opportunity

    By: Dale A. Brill

    A report released last week reveals insights tied to the 436 U.S. Congressional Districts of the 114th Congress. Analysis provides insight that should be at the heart of assessing public policy and economic development initiatives.

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  • Thinkspot Report Entered Into Congressional Record

    By: Dale A. Brill

    Thinkspot received confirmation this afternoon that its report for Equality Florida was formally entered into the Congressional Record.

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Thinker of the Month

Jill Scroggs Silverboard

Jill Scroggs Silverboard thinks local governments can innovate and she’s leading by example. It’s not what Jill’s resume says about her past that warranted recognition as a Thinker of the Month, rather her understanding of the complexities of public service challenges today.

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