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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Ideas, innovations and inventions, oh my!.

My children had such great ideas. They were so good that I thought they would grow up to be famous inventors. My one son dreamed of inventing the perfect time machine, one that would whisk him briefly back to 1975 so he could buy Microsoft stock 11 years before it went public. My other son wanted to create the world’s first invisible windshield wiper, which, by the way, is a real product these days. And here I hoped they would grow up to be professional ball players where the real money was.. Sadly they learned that just saying something did not make it so.

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Book Review

Cities and the Arts

Roger Kemp, Editor

In Cities and the Arts, editor Roger Kemp has gathered articles from a wide range of sources to demonstrate that when community investment focuses on the arts, business, commerce, and tourism will follow.

The centerpiece of the book is the section on best practices. Here readers will find 35 case studies on how cities and towns are using the arts to stimulate downtown and neighborhood revitalization.

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Marketing Mentor

The first 30 minutes of my day.

The first 30 minutes of my day- every day- are spent relearning all the various social media platforms. As someone who manages social media for several different organizations and businesses, it’s my job to know how it all works; where the buttons are, how to find things, and how to make it work efficiently for my clients. I manage these platforms several times a day, seven days a week. And it seems like every night the algorithm geniuses change something. It’s wildly frustrating.

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