In-Depth by e2: Community Quality of Life Placemaking

Community Quality of Life Placemaking: An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Design Element 

By: Don Macke, e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Every American community can thrive and should have the opportunity to be successful. We are employing our Community Prosperity Framework whereby every community willing to be smart and work hard can achieve prosperity.
Within this framework there are three development essentials for achieving greater and more broadly shared community prosperity:

People – Place – Economy Place = Quality of Life Placemaking

People. Communities need residents to thrive–residents who are consumers supporting health care and local shopping, human talent that meets workforce needs and children ensuring local education. Our economies are structurally changing with automation, outsourcing, offshoring and increasing electronic commerce. These trends are undermining quality local employment and careers and creating challenges for our communities. Additionally, central to demographic and social health are communities welcoming and encouraging diversity of human talent.

Place. Talented people are mobile. They can choose where they want to live. Communities must focus on their assets and develop genuine places through quality of life placemaking investments.

Communities operate within a global free market economy. Every community, if it is to thrive, must grow a diverse, competitive and resilient economy. Based on our experience and research we believe that entrepreneur-led development is a foundational path forward, growing a more diverse and higher value economy that can support quality of life placemaking and ensure demographic health.

Read the full brief here.

NetWork Kansas is the home for e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, which is led by Don Macke, who has more than 40 years of community economic development and policy experience. The partnership between NetWork Kansas and e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems provides a platform to offer learning institutes, a consulting network, analytics support and mentoring to benefit the entrepreneurs, small businesses, resource partners and communities in Kansas as well as nationally.

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