A voice in the wilderness of rural economic development.

Yes, it’s true. I stepped out of economic development in fall of 2016. But as they say, you can take the guy out of economic development but you can’t take economic development out of the guy. Or something like that.

Since my retirement from my full-time gig with Washington State, I have been contacted by hundreds, well, dozens at least, of entrepreneurs, startups and economic development professionals asking for my opinion on this and that.

I have discovered that retirement is really just a relative term, for I am still passionate about entrepreneurs, particularly those who are bold enough to have the vision to start their businesses in rural communities throughout the country.

Yes, urban gets all the press coverage. But I have long believed that keeping the economic and intellectual wealth in a community – especially those in rural parts of the country – is the lifeblood of a healthy economy.

Sadly, many of these communities lack the resources to point entrepreneurs in the right direction. And that’s where I come in, I hope.

Since lying on a beach somewhere warm has never been that interesting me, I decided to create The Maury Forum, a cheap play on my name granted, but hopefully it is a place that will provide you with the connections you need to resources, funding, ideas, best practices, informative videos, publications and books and a few well deserved moments of Zen.

So sit back, let our fingers take you for a leisurely scroll, and check out mauryforum.com.

– Maury

 

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Maury’s Message

The road to rural is paved with good intentions.

Winter is upon us. Soon, families will be winding their way through endless lines at the airport, all so they can wing their way to destinations unknown. Or to visit family members, which doesn’t sound as romantic or mysterious as – Destinations Unknown!

Of course, it wasn’t always this way. Before the age of affordable air travel, families had to make do with cramming everyone into a Chevy Bel Air or Ford Station Wagon instead of Coach. Air travel was for the wealthy before the Jumbo Jet ushered in the era of affordable airfares for the whole family. Back in the 50s and 60s, four out of five families had never traveled on a plane.

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Moment of Zen…

In these hectic, seemingly chaotic times of instant everything and breaking news, The Maury Forum feels it  is its civic duty to slow the old time machine down a bit with its famed Moment of Zen. Witticisms that will give you pause, make you laugh, or simply cause you to move onto another website with a flourish and a click.

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