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Jan 28, 2015
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Bill McMeekin All Posts

Tech, Energy Drive Best-Performing Cities

Energy: Natural resources oil derrick against yellow sky

The Milken Institute has released its annual Best-Performing Cities rankings, and while the centers of technology innovation continue to show well, the energy industry had a decided impact on the index this time around. The index ranks 200 large metros and 179 smaller metros on a variety of metrics including short- and long-term job growth, wage […]

Jan 23, 2015
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Emily McMackin All Posts

Packing a Punch: U.S. Manufacturing Still a Major Driver of Economic Growth

Manufacturing: Firearms rifle welder

The manufacturing industry is still the nation’s biggest economic driver, representing more than one-third of the GDP and providing the highest wages for workers of all skill levels.

Jan 22, 2015
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Bill McMeekin All Posts

Distilled Spirits: High Proof of Success

Ole Smoky Mountains Moonshile flavors

Man (and woman) cannot live by beer alone. While the craft craze is putting new froth into the beer business and helping to revitalize downtowns, the growing taste for the harder stuff is infusing the distilled spirits industry with growth. Retail sales of distilled spirits reached $66 billion in 2013, according to the Distilled Spirits […]

Jan 16, 2015
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Emily McMackin All Posts

Global Manufacturing Competitiveness: U.S. Gaining Ground as Low-Cost Location

World flags

Energy and workforce advantages are giving the U.S. an edge as a cost-competitive location for manufacturing on the global map, according to a new report.

Jan 14, 2015
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Bill McMeekin All Posts

Arts and Culture: Painting Strong Economies

Arts and culture

The increasing importance that arts and culture plays in economic development terms was underscored this week with the release of new figures from the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA), a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the BEA, which is a first-of-its-kind effort to provide an in-depth analysis of the sector’s contributions to the […]

Jan 9, 2015
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Matt Carmichael All Posts

A Tale of Two Beers: How You Should Toast Economic Development in 2015

Beer sales have slipped overall in recent years by about 3 percent. The biggest brewers, however, have seen sales slip as much as 20 percent. So what’s keeping the beer industry afloat? Craft beers. The Brewers Association estimates that in 2013 craft beer sales grew more than 17 percent and now make up nearly 15 […]

Jan 9, 2015
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Emily McMackin All Posts

Entrepreneur Appeal: Livability, Talent Lure Fast-Growth Startups to Cities

On the waterfront in Vancouver, Canada

A high quality of life and access to talent are top factors drawing fast-growing startups and innovative entrepreneurs to cities, a recent report says.