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 Seven Deadly Sins of Economic Development.

Past sins seem to be on everyone’s mind these days. From Supreme Court nominees to TV executives, hardly a day goes by without a news story about one sinner or another. So I feel it’s my responsibility to turn attention to some of our own sins, as economic developers that is.

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Book Review

The Wit and Wisdom of an Economic Developer

This most recent book by Maury Forman (his 17th) resembles sculpture. A person with earned expertise chisels and sandblasts off useless material until the real core of valuable truth and beauty learned in a vocation can emerge. Forman has been around the block many times, down the country road and in not a few rodeos; he knows his stuff. He tells it with top 10 suggestions and compliments his wisdom with images drawn by Milt Priggee that include valuable wisdom that can fit inside a fortune cookie.

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Vote for Kent…

Kent, Washington is trying to restore its historic Morrill Bank Building back to its 1924 glory. It’s a finalist in the Partners in Preservation partnership to preserve historic places. Here’s how you can help them win the $150,000 to put toward restoration. Visit VoteYourMainStreet.org/Kent and vote for Kent up to five times a day, from now until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 26. People can also text “MAINSTREET” to 52886.

Want more information? Check out the official press release.