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Tag Archives: Economic Development

April 27, 2017
April 25, 2017
Long Island Is Missing More Than $24 Billion
Next City

A new report from her organization argues that the economy of New York’s Long Island would have been $24 billion stronger in 2014 alone if racial gaps in income were eliminated.

April 20, 2017
April 17, 2017
Why Big Cities Will Ultimately Prevail

The growing divide between urbanites and rural residents is shaping politics everywhere, from Brexit to the rise of Donald Trump. On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a mandate for more personalized rule from most of his country, but not from its big cities.

April 16, 2017
How Do We Measure Thriving Cities?
Aaron Renn

Josh Yates at the University of Virginia is the director of a project there called “Thriving Cities.” One if the interesting things they did is put together an analysis of city indicators that people use to measure their success.

April 12, 2017
April 11, 2017
April 10, 2017
The Myth of Main Street
New York Times

Don’t listen to President Trump. Going back to the good old days will cost us.

April 9, 2017
How IoT Is Driving Economic Development
Information Age

While many see metropolitan areas like Silicon Valley as being a mecca for business and tech success, governments are working with new Internet of Things technologies to drive economic development in other cities across the globe.

April 6, 2017
April 4, 2017
The Real Rust Belt Jobs Problem
Washington Post

Many struggling U.S. cities and states compete fiercely with one another to attract and keep firms that offer jobs. Unfortunately, these are not the “good” jobs that Americans are looking for, jobs with middle-class pay, benefits and security.

Fixing Sewers and Local Economies
Brookings Institution

One way for smaller cities to spur near-term action and innovation to solve seemingly intractable water infrastructure challenges like CSOs is to pursue integrated projects that address multiple community problems in one cohesive design.

April 3, 2017
The Dark Side Of Cities
The Week

Cities dominate American society like never before because of what they did right, urban promoters say. But actually, cities succeeded because of what the country did wrong.

April 2, 2017
How Does Distance Influence Firm Start-Ups?
Papers in Regional Science (abstract)

This paper seeks to understand how distance to urban centres influences necessity and opportunity-based firm start-ups. The results show that closeness to urban centres is not necessarily beneficial for firm start-ups.

March 30, 2017
March 28, 2017
Why Breaking Up Big Cities Is Bad For America
City Observatory

Simply put, this is one of the most spectacularly wrong-headed policy prescriptions for economic development that has ever been offered. Far from spreading wealth, diminishing cities would actually destroy value and make the nation worse off.

B Corp Certification Helps Socially-Conscious Businesses

B Corporations are taking center stage as the future of what sustainable, thriving companies can look like. Standing for “beneficial,” B Corporations (or B Corps) have high levels of social and environmental engagement, transparent practices, and legal accountability.


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