No, we are not headed back any time soon to the factory boom that peaked in the 1950s. But, manufacturing is, dare we say it, almost sexy again, whether it comes through organic growth or comes through reshoring.
All of these cities also include major research institutions and/or large universities that attract large numbers of international students, many of whom often take up residence in the community once they finish school, as well as international faculty and researchers.
The population of the Plains States is up more than 14 percent since 2000 and the positive net migration experience by the region is making boomtowns of places such as Oklahoma City, Omaha and Fort Worth.
A prized commodity in the knowledge economy is not just knowledge companies but the talent that needed to make them work. Every community wants to get smarter and offer a workforce that has the skills to attract innovative companies.
Communities with the highest pay per worker are in some of the highest cost of living areas of the nation. Look no further than San Jose CA, where the average pay per worker is more than $85,000 and the cost of living is 54 percent higher than the national average