Updated: May 6
I used data from Economic Innovation Group (eig.org) on conditions in counties across the US to learn Kumu effectively. EIG policy analysis was influential in the Opportunity Zones provision in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. An early insight into my Kumu model was that people in rural areas were selling their products at commodity prices which was leading to the decline of their communities. That launched me into looking for ways to give those citizens ways to define the innovation they needed to stanch that decline rather than only accept government and big business solutions. Some of the intuitions of the research and model have become much more relevant after Covid-19.
This is my analysis of that data.