Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI)
The United States is simultaneously one of the most diverse countries in the world and a nation that continues to be challenged by its diversity. This tension is part of the long arc of American history beginning with the first European America settlements on the East Coast and Spanish settlements in the Southwest. 

At e2 we believe diversity is an amazing asset that can reinvigorate our country economically and socially. We believe the U.S. is fundamentally richer because of increasing social diversification across this vast land. Our November feature paper, Is Your Community a JEDI Hometown? addresses diversity through an entrepreneurship lens. By embracing diversity as an asset we can grow better economies and more prosperous communities. Give our thought paper a read and let us know what you think by emailing Don Macke at don@e2mail.org

Other e2 News
e2 Podcast Episode #2 - A Model for Rural Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building
Live now! In this episode, Don interviews Steve Radley, President and CEO of NetWork Kansas, who describes the organization’s journey to becoming one of the most robust and longest running, statewide, entrepreneurial ecosystems. Steve and Don provide examples of how NetWork Kansas has been responsive during the Pandemic and plans for future support of entrepreneurs.

You can listen now to this episode and subscribe to the podcast by visiting our episode webpage or search for it on your favorite podcast app. Episode 3 will go live on Dec. 16.
Update to last month's feature paper - Broadband and Rural America
We've included an additional resource, A New Measure of Digital Participation and Its Impact on Economic Opportunity, to our thought paper from last month, Broadband and Rural America. There are some interesting findings from several angles, including rural and the Midwest. You can download and read our updated paper by clicking the title link or photo now.
Speaker Series Featuring Don Macke
Join the next Rural Rise call on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. ET to hear Don present Rural Entrepreneurship...Pathway to Community Prosperity. He will be sharing 40-plus years of rural ecosystem building lessons learned focusing on the two-generation long Ord, Nebraska story. Ord has transformed from a community in crisis in the 1980s to an entrepreneurial community today. Don will also talk about e2’s new National e2 Practitioners Network and companion e2 University

Field News
Cities and Businesses of Color: A Guide to Economic Growth.This newly released guide includes concrete tools and approaches to foster entrepreneur-focused inclusive economic growth and recovery from COVID-19, with case studies from Newark, New Jersey; El Paso,Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Rochester, New York; and Long Beach, California. This guide is for city leaders, economic development professionals, and ecosystem builders who want to play an active role in bolstering businesses owned by people of color. 

Creating an Emergent Future. Thanks to Mary Ann Kristiansen with the Hanna Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship in Keene, New Hampshire, and Radically Rural, we discovered another important entrepreneurship thought leader in Rick Smyre, President, Center for Communities of the Future. We recommend reading Rick’s recent paper, Creating the Emergent Future and the Utilization of Ecosystems.

Which Small Towns and Cities Attract Start‐Ups and Why? Research based on rural Iowa communities showed that small communities with strong human capital and clustered economies were able to attract outside firms to their areas, and that these factors were more important than natural amenities, local fiscal policy, and social capital.

Were Teleworkable Jobs Pandemic-Proof? Analysis from the Kansas City Fed shows that COVID-related job losses were concentrated on jobs that could not be done via telework, though remote work professionals were not immune to job losses. Additionally, this research shows that women and workers without college degrees experienced a disproportionate negative impact to job losses and subsequent recovery. The authors note that in recent years, women drove labor force participation rate increases, so the job losses due to COVID may have additional impacts to labor force recovery.
Study suggests rural strategies help economies of shrinking cities. A study from Michigan State University suggests that traditional economic development tools used in urban areas may not be helpful to urban communities that are shrinking. Instead, they suggest using tools developed in rural communities, such as workforce training and building critical infrastructure, which emphasize “improving human and community capital.”

How a New Haven library is connecting residents to the city’s innovation economy. This Brookings blog post describes how this Connecticut library began reinventing itself as an entrepreneurial community hub in 2016 based on the premise that those traditionally left out of the innovation community needed an alternative access point and community to create and grow their businesses.

A Healthier Rural America. Health care access is foundational to every community. Rural America continues to struggle to provide basic health care services. Lack of health care can undermine a community’s quality of life and very viability. This paper provides a set of policy recommendations that form the foundation of a new national and state commitment to health care access for every American community.
Race to Recovery
Ecosystems Unite presents Race to Recovery, an online event convening diverse leaders from across the nation to discuss and emerge potential solutions to address systemic racism and inequities in the entrepreneurship and economic development sectors.
December 2, 2020
11-2:30 PM CST