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What is a Thinkspot™?

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Thinkspot™ is both our brand and our promise to organizations and communities seeking to change the trajectory of their economic future. By pursuing long-term strategies that unlock the power of innovation, the next ten years can be different than the past.

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Speaking of Trickle Down Theory

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In a June 8 post we called attention to evidence that the “trickle down theory” of economics is as rare as a unicorn. Today, we offer evidence of its origins outside oppositional rhetoric (see: straw man arguments). A quick read of Matthew Mitchells’ (Mercatus) blog, posted July 7, 2014, highlights the logical proposition offered by […]

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ICYMI: 2014 New Economy Index Released

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The bi-annual release of the State New Economy Index hit the streets on June 11. Crafted by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, the index compiles 25 indicators across five key areas. Massachusetts leads the way with Mississippi ranked dead last.

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Fallacy of Trickle Down Theory

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If we had a dollar for every time we heard an economist put forward the “trickle down theory” to justify tax cuts, we wouldn’t have enough cash to buy a Starbucks tall coffee of the day. Huh? That’s right. In an intense pamphlet titled, “Trickle Down” Theory and “Tax Cuts for the Rich,” Thomas Sowell […]

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Tools for Tackling Elephants – Rural Areas of Opportunity

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The label you place on your community says a great deal about it.  For years, the Florida legislature has used the label Rural Areas of Critical Economic Concern (RACEC) for rural communities or regions that have been mired by economic distress.  The designation as a RACEC comes from the Governor, and allows these communities to […]

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Findings from Reviews of Florida’s Business Incentives

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In 2013, the Florida legislature asked the Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) and the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) to conduct a detailed analysis of Florida’s incentive programs. As part of its review, OPPAGA was asked to evaluate each program over the previous three years for effectiveness and value to the state’s taxpayers and include recommendations for consideration by the Legislature.

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