Community and Economic Development
Jason Broadwater at Harvard Kennedy School

Learning from Boston while at Harvard

I’m currently in a program at Harvard in the John F. Kennedy School of Government on Innovation in Economic Development. The course is geared mostly towards developing nations, but I am constantly translating what we are learning into developing towns here in the US. I think that in the US, it is the municipality that […]

South Carolina Tax Reform: Man on the Moon in 2016

John F. Kennedy gave NASA one goal. It was an ambitious goal, unthinkable even. It was very specific and had a deadline. They achieved it. This is the type of singular vision and dedicated effort we need currently from South Carolina Legislators. I propose that the South Carolina legislature clears the docket for 2015 and […]

1gig Internet Speeds Coming to Rock Hill in Knowledge Park

So Comporium Communications in Rock Hill, SC, just announced that they are putting in 1gig Internet in Old Town Rock Hill. This makes us one of two dozen communities in the nation to have this crazy speed of Internet. I was asked to speak at the announcement alongside the CEO of Comporium, the Secretary of […]

Recruiting Talent to Revitalize Our Downtowns

In revitalizing our downtowns, we’ve come to understand that we aren’t recruiting businesses, but instead recruiting talent. The businesses are born of the talent, come to the talent, and stay near the talent. Traditionally, we’re used to recruiting businesses. But in the revitalizing urban districts of the knowledge economy, we find ourselves in this cycle: […]

Enjoyed CrowdConf this Week!

So I attended the CrowdConf in San Francisco this week. It was a really nice conference on crowdsourcing, plus I enjoyed San Francisco (the little time I had to spend there). I hung out at Vesuvio next to City Lights Bookstore where Jack Kerouac and Neil Cassidy used to hang and where Allen Ginsberg debuted […]

What people are saying

Jason is a visionary person with a remarkable ability to put ideas into action. In supporting economic development, highest recommendations!

This was the best seminar I was privileged to attend in the past two months. The speaker was unreal good and the info he gave us has already had a positive impact on our town. It was a game changer for Federalsburg. Good job. No, great job. Thank you.

Jason’s ability to convey the message of how crowdsourcing can be used as a tool to spur redevelopment efforts is uncanny. He has made the connection between public engagement and community redevelopment. I encourage you to hear him share his experiences in Rock Hill, SC.

Jason is a compelling speaker full of innovative ideas. His notions of collaboration through public/private partnership and bringing together Education and Economic Development and the Internet are cutting edge and worthy of note by those of influence in these sectors.

I’ll keep it brief. Jason is one very motivated and decidedly creative individual. These traits along with his never ending energy make him an asset to any profession, community or group of friends. He has always been a reliable forward thinking associate and a true friend.

The York County Medical Society appreciates your informative and engaging presentation on the ongoing Internet Revolution and it’s impact on medicine and health care.

Jason, your topic, information covered, and presentation style and method was on right target for our community’s/region’s nonprofits that are considering using social media and the internet to increase their current and future constituents’ awareness and support of their organizations.

Jason has been instrumental in putting together the Hive – an innovative, collaborative solution for utilizing the growing Internet Industry for workforce, community, and economic development. Not only was the idea truly innovative, but Jason delivered.

Jason, a self-organizing and visionary entrepreneur with whom the Arts Council worked to host an Economic Gardening Conference in Rock Hill, SC, Aug 2010, is a leader in our community. The conference brought together the business community, the arts community and the student community over the idea of aligning goals and objectives to creative and support a business-friendly climate under which business entrepreneurs can thrive.

Excellent points, insight, and leadership from Jason…both in his publication and at the York County Day event, as I witnessed. Thanks, JB, for participating and sharing!

The program Jason brought to our community represents the very best of today’s reality. A joint effort with the public private and educational interests combined to enhance economic development and learning experience is a win for everyone. Our hope is that the quality of life in our community and this new high tech initiative will result in creative jobs in a place young people will want to stay and call home.

Community and Economic Development

What Can Jason Broadwater Do For Your Community?

Jason works with communities to engage citizens in the revitalization of urban districts for purposes of long term economic development.

Speaking

Invite Jason to speak to your community on recruiting and retaining talent, urban revitalization, and engaging citizens in your community development.

Consulting

Create appropriate strategies and tools for talent recruitment, citizen engagement, and urban revitalization.

Meaningful Use of the Internet

Use the Internet to engage citizens in the revitalization of your urban districts in your community.

Full-Scale Deployment of Collaborative Programming

Create training programs and activity hubs for students in your urban district to capitalize on talented millennials and their buy-in for urban revitalization.