Do you ever wonder why, when most things are similar, why some communities prosper more than others? Do you wonder how your community can do better, and where to start? Would you like to know what things you can do that will not cost a lot of money? And know what to spend money on when you must.

Tom Hogue has been an elected city official, a professional economic developer, executive director of a historic preservation non-profit, and a systems analyst. These days he is a blogger and speaker on community development and community leadership and runs a website called

Planning Economic Development Dot Com.

He also publishes an inexpensive economic impact calculator that makes it easy to use Federal data to make meaningful local decisions. It’s an essential tool for economic developers, planners, and community leaders. You can find that at

Economic Impact Analysis Dot Com.

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Tom Hogue at the Oregon coast