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Aug 7, 2015
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Emily McMackin All Posts

Venturing Out: Top Startup Cities With Opportunity and Affordability

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Cities outside of New York, San Francisco and Portland are becoming hotspots for a variety of startup companies.

Aug 5, 2015
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Bill McMeekin All Posts

Universities and Economic Development: Colleges, Communities, Collaboration

Colleges and universities, private-sector companies and economic development organizations are partnering in more frequently and in unique ways to create economic opportunity and leverage the synergies that town and gown collaboration can bring.

The presence of a higher education institution, or better yet more than one of them, has long been viewed as a key component of a community’s business climate. And with the desire of communities to attract talent, develop workforces and promote entrepreneurial growth, the linking of universities and economic development is more true than ever. […]

Jul 31, 2015
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Emily McMackin All Posts

Production Powerhouses: Manufacturing Jobs Shifting to Smaller, More Suburban Cities

Manufacturing: Worker welding rifle parts

Regions leading the revival of manufacturing jobs across the U.S. are not the same industrial behemoths of the past.

Jul 30, 2015
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Bill McMeekin All Posts

Panama Canal Expansion Could Lift Smaller-Market Ports

Port of Charleston, SC

East Coast ports have spent an estimated $9 billion on facility improvements such as increasing channel depths and raising bridge heights to accommodate the increase in larger vessels expected from the Panama Canal expansion.

Jul 17, 2015
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Emily McMackin All Posts

Growth Engines: Manufacturing, Energy Still Biggest Job Creators for Smaller Economies

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Information technology may be driving growth in America’s largest cities, but manufacturing and energy are still the biggest economic engines for its smaller ones. Tourism is also contributing to growth in smaller cities that are becoming vacation meccas for their larger urban neighbors, and college towns are flourishing by building up their knowledge-based economies. Rankings […]

Jul 15, 2015
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Bill McMeekin All Posts

Exports By Metros: Going Global Not Just for Big Players

Port of Portland. JCI PHOTO- Jeff Adkins

A new report from the U.S. International Trade Administration shows exports by metros hit $1.44 trillion in 2014, up 54 percent from just five years earlier. Dominating the list for exports by metros are locations with major deep-water port facilities (Houston, New York-New Jersey, Los Angeles-Long Beach and Seattle-Tacoma) or strategic geography.

Jul 10, 2015
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Emily McMackin All Posts

The New Creative Capitals: Artists Thriving in Southern, Midwestern Cities

Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.

The creative industry is having a moment in the United States. About one in three Americans are knowledge workers who contribute to the economy by creating new ideas, technologies and content across fields such as science and engineering, architecture and design, education, arts, music and entertainment. With a growing appreciation for this type of creativity […]