Neda Moayerian

How Children’s Museums Can Sustain Themselves in an Internet World

While there is an enormous body of literature on how children’s museums can be more effective in enhancing children and adults’ experience during their visit, there are fewer studies addressing the economic sustainability of such cultural institutions. The OED GA’s were tasked this semester to find viable solutions and best practices for children’s museums, we…

Regional Branding

As a part of an economic development project in Eastern shore, we at the Office of Economic Development were interested in knowing more about “regional branding”, its definition, functions, pros and cons. Here, I try to share a gist of what we heard and learned during this process. Regional branding is a popular strategy to…

Development Defined from the Bottom Up

Development as a word and a concept is entangled in our everyday conversations, one rarely thinks about its meaning or origin. For those who work in economic development/community development/human development and similar careers, however, mull over the meaning and evolution of development concept, and can deeply change their perspective and hence their practice. Beliefs about…

Arts and Appalachia

In small towns economic diversification and revitalization is a challenging non-linear process. Due to losing their primary economic base (e.g. extractive industries, agriculture, manufacturing, etc.), many rural communities in Appalachia are confronting their youth leaving home never to return while others are seeing a large non-labor force enter the region, retirees. This shift has exacerbated…

Gender Gaps in Workforce (Part II)

In the last two weeks, we (the graduate assistants at OED) were working on Quarterly Reports for Workforce Development Areas (WDA) one, two and three. Each season, we try to focus on a certain topic related to workforce development. This time we have decided to investigate gender-based employment issues. So far by looking at national…

Cultural Events’ Economic Impact

Artistic and cultural activities can enhance communities’ livelihood and well-being in myriad ways; from increasing local pride of cultural assets and willingness to preserving them, to growth in employment and tax revenue brought by cultural tourists (See this article for more information about socioeconomic impacts of art and culture). Cultural Economists believe that art and…

Community Change Collaborative

The Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG) is restructuring its existing Community Voices, Trustees Without Borders, Community Change Journal and community-based research programs into one overarching initiative, which will now be called the Community Change Collaborative (CCC).  While still an evolving concept, CCC aims to unite theory and praxis through projects, research, education, and forums…