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.

Jan 7, 2015
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Bill McMeekin All Posts

Job Growth: Sunbelt Metros Lead the Way

Industry: Natural energy, oil refinery

If you’re looking for signs of optimism on the U.S. economic recovery, some numbers on job growth released just before the holidays might be a good place to start. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment increased in 305 of the 339 largest U.S. counties from June 2013 to June 2014. Total U.S. employment rose […]

Dec 18, 2014
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Emily McMackin All Posts

Manufacturing in 2015: Economists Predict Landmark Growth, Innovation

Manufacturing: Valve welder

The future looks bright for manufacturing in 2015, as reshoring, technology and innovation continue to shape the industry.

Dec 12, 2014
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Emily McMackin All Posts

The Shale Effect: Energy Boom a Major Driver in Manufacturing Resurgence

Energy: Natural resources oil refinery

The development of shale plays nationwide and the energy boom they are fueling could create up to 930,000 shale-driven manufacturing jobs by 2030.

Dec 10, 2014
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Bill McMeekin All Posts

STEM Jobs: Fixing the Pipeline

Communities that aren't investing in STEM education run the risk of losing innovation jobs.

Nationwide, there are 2.5 times as many entry-level, STEM-related job postings as there are STEM graduates.