Here are a few sources we have been referring to lately…

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
• Brynjolfsson and McAfee provide a great overview how innovation and new technologies are transforming the economy and the implication of those transformations on the economy and society. They also provide a variety of recommendations for individuals, policy makers and businesses on how to successfully change and adapt to those transformations.

When the Boomers Bail: A Community Economic Survival Guide
by Mark Lautman
• Lautman uses his years of economic development experience to build the case that due the shifting demographics in the U.S. a community, and its economic developers, must shift their focus from attracting and retaining businesses to attracting and retaining talent. Lautman believes if a community does not do this it will join a growing number of economically doomed places where economic development is impossible.

Understanding Local Economic Development
by Emil E. Malizia and Edward J. Feser
• A very good introductory guide on basic models of economic growth and development. Malizia and Feser do a good job of discussing traditional economic theories and explaining various analytical techniques utilized in regional location analysis and strategic business development.

Makers: The New Industrial Revolution
by Chris Anderson
• Chris Anderson, Wired magazine editor, does a great job of presenting the argument that a new industrial revolution is underway. He describes a variety of examples of how entrepreneurs and garage tinkerers are driving a resurgence of American manufacturing by using open source design, 3-D printing, custom-fabricated and do-it-yourself product design and creation.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t
by Jim Collins
• Jim Collins thorough research identifies the key characteristics certain companies and organizations have that enabled them to move from good to great while other companies are not successful.