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Economic Gardening and COVID-19

The Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) has been providing the Economic Gardening program to second-stage companies in Indiana for the past four years. In light of the challenging times facing many Indiana companies as a result of COVID-19, PCRD…

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Remote Work and the Coronavirus

Written by Roberto Gallardo and Richard Florida Roberto Gallardo is assistant director of the Purdue University Center for Regional Development and a Purdue Extension specialist. He is the author of Responsive Countryside: The Digital Age and Rural Communities. Richard Florida…

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Who is Remote Working in the U.S.?

Remote work or telework or telecommute was first coined in the 1970s and has ebbed and flowed since then in economic development conversations. Today, due to a higher broadband penetration, ongoing sophistication of digital applications, and the digitalization of the…

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2018 Digital Divide Index (DDI) Now Available

The DDI is a score that ranges from zero to 100, where a higher score indicates a higher divide. The DDI is calculated considering two main factors: the infrastructure/adoption score (INFA) and the socioeconomic score (SE). INFA looks at access…

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How Efficient Is Your Entrepreneur Pipeline?

Written by Roberto Gallardo and Indraneel Kumar. Studies have found that the share of businesses less than one year old have declined by almost half between 1980 and 2015. This in turn is making the U.S. economy “old and fat“.…

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Digital Distress in Indiana

(This article was adapted from the author’s Medium post) The recent announcement of funding for the Next Level rural broadband investments in Indiana is a step in the right direction to ensure all Indiana communities participate fully in the digital…

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Internet Subscriptions and Access

The Census Bureau released last week 2013-2017 five-year estimates of multiple socioeconomic characteristics, including household with internet subscriptions and computing devices. To further understand an Indiana urban-rural digital divide, census tract or neighborhood level data was analyzed. This analysis utilized…

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