Weekly C-POW: Bad News for the Minority-Owned Business Community

February 25, 2011

Sometimes the Weekly “Controversial Proposal of the Week” feature here on the Prosperity Blog earns its name because I say something controversial (like when I said we might have too many economic development organizations in the region). Sometimes, it’s because I’m just referring to something that’s – in itself – controversial. Like a ripped from the headlines story like the big scandal in the news this week about the Seattle Public School and its Regional Small Business Development Program.

We don’t know what the ultimate consequences for the school district will be. But what we can know for certain is that this is going to be bad news for the minority owned business community. Read the rest of this entry »


Weekly C-POW: The Myth of Higher Education Efficiency

February 3, 2011

I really enjoyed my first foray into establishing the Prosperity Blog’s “Weekly C-POW: the Controversial Proposal of the Week. Our first one, proposing that we merge a bunch of economic development organizations and set up an “ArtsFund for Economic Development,” got quite the response. And so I’m emboldened to try again and see what happens. This week’s controversial proposition?

People should stop focusing on increasing the efficiency of our state’s higher education system.

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Is There Too Much Economic Development Happening in the Puget Sound Region?

January 21, 2011

I sort of wanted to title this post “Weekly C-POW: the Controversial Proposal of the Week.” We already have our “weekly” B-MOW and REDEW features, so what’s one more? But I’m not sure that I want to start ending each week with pronouncements that will leave people angry over the weekend. We’ll see how this one goes. For now, here it is: “I think that we might have too many economic development organizations in the four-county region.” Let’s discuss.

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