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Tuesday, July 1, 2003

Solutions for America

The Pew Partnership's web site showcases best practices in community development in 16 states. The partnership's research presents information that other communities can use when developing and operating similar programs.

Building Creative Economies: The Arts, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Produced by Americans for the Arts, the document shares the stories of rural communities that revitalized their economies through the arts, crafts and heritage of their regions. The document, available at, is a summary of the proceedings of a conference held April 28-30, 2002, in Asheville, N.C.

2002 State of the Business Incubation Industry

The National Business Incubation Association reports that 950 business incubators were operating in North America in 2001, up from 587 in 1998. Nearly half were mixed-use incubators that accepted a variety of clients. Academic institutions were the most common sponsor of incubation programs. To obtain the report, call (740) 593-4331 or visit the association's online bookstore at

Where We Stand

The East-West Gateway Coordinating Council in St. Louis revises its signature publication on the state of the St. Louis metropolitan area every three years. Where We Stand compares the social, fiscal, economic and physical health of the St. Louis region with 34 similar regions in the United States. The most recent publication was released last fall and uses information from the 2000 census. For a complimentary copy or to have a speaker come to a meeting, call (314) 421-4220 or (618) 274-2750 or go to

Directory of Rural Community Developers

This directory identifies more than 1,000 rural, community-based development organizations across the country and summarizes their activities in four areas: affordable housing, essential facilities, businesses and jobs, and basic services. The directory is available at

FIELD Best Practices Guide

The Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination (FIELD), a program of the Aspen Institute, has produced a series of guides offering microenterprise trainers and service providers information they need to identify and train clients. The guides can be found at

State Asset Development Report Card: Benchmarking Asset Development in Fighting Poverty

The report card uses 68 socioeconomic and policy measures to compare states on how assets are accumulated, distributed and protected among their citizens, particularly those not in the economic mainstream. The report, a product of the Corporation for Enterprise Development, has up-to-date data on asset distribution and policy for each of the 50 states. Visit