Community Capacity Building
Building Blocks for Community Development Success
If you have spent any time with our e2 resources you know we constantly make a point that in America, unlike most other developed countries in the world, each community is primarily responsible for its own development and prosperity. It does not matter if the community is New York City with millions of residents or my childhood hometown of Mullen, Nebraska (population 463 in 2018), each must undertake the all-important work of community economic development.

Within our Rural Community Prosperity Development Framework the importance of Community Capacity Building is foundational. Unless you have sufficient capacity, undertaking economic development is not going to be enough to empower your community’s prosperity. We offer our newest thought paper, Community Capacity Building, Shaping the Future of Hometowns, to help your community undertake capacity building efforts that lead to successful economic development game plans.
We also explore this topic in a new podcast episode, Rural Community Capacity Building, where I interview Milan Wall with the Heartland Center for Leadership Development. Milan is a practitioner and thought leader on capacity building. Listen now!
Don Macke
Other e2 News
Entrepreneurial Development Podcast Series
All four episodes on e2's Development Framework for entrepreneurial ecosystem building with Don Macke and Shelley Paasch are now live! Hear them discuss each of the framework's elements in detail and download accompanying resources for use in your work.

Field News
The Pandemic Created the Next Generation of Great Entrepreneurs. Not only did COVID-19 bring a spike in the number of applications for employer identification numbers, but some of these ventures have also been started by children and teens and may reflect the beginning of the next generation of entrepreneurs. With 62% of Gen Z survey respondents saying they plan to start a business; more entrepreneurs may yet come. Read More.

A New Path Forward: Place-Based Solutions for a Stronger Workforce Ecosystem. Accelerator for America, with funding from the Kauffman Foundation, released its new guide for developing a workforce that meets the current needs of businesses and aims to alleviate chronic unemployment. The guide includes three pathways and four best-practices to develop a dynamic “workforce ecosystem.”

The U.S. Share of the Global Economy Over Time. In this briefing by Visual Capitalist, The U.S. share of the global economy has nearly halved since 1960. After the COVID-19 global pandemic, America’s economic position will depend on how quickly it can recover compared to the rest of the world.

Small Business Path Made Simple. Hello Alice is a free resource for small business owners providing fundingguides, content, and events all designed to support under-resourced and underrepresented entrepreneurs launch and grow their companies. 
Annual summit September 22-23
This year there will be an in-person option, a virtual (live stream) option, and a connect-only option with early bird ticket available now. e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and NetWork Kansas will be in Keane, NH to present sessions during the entrepreneurship track. Don't miss this event!