July 5, 2020

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A CEO Creates a Stir

It was one man's opinion, but his comments went viral after initally appearing in the Wall Street Journal under the headline, "I’m Leaving Seattle for Texas So My Employees Can Be Free."

Peter Rex, founder and CEO o...

June 28, 2020

An Exodus in the Making?

Speaking with a small town economic developer recently, he said he would be shifting his marketing efforts based on the fact that some tech companies say they'll let a portion of their employees work from anywhere.

There's some evidence that th...

June 21, 2020

Think Vibrancy

The No. 1 factor in downtown development, as I see it, is economic vibrancy. You've got to develop a dynamic sense of place for people to want to come downtown to do business.

Certainly, you want a downtown that physically looks good -- and there are var...

June 14, 2020

Creating Opportunities

On Aug. 5, 1864, a union fleet commanded by Rear Admiral David Farragut entered heavily mined Mobile Bay in Alabama. When one of his ships struck a mine and sank, Farragut could see his other ships pulling back.

Lashed to the rigging of his flags...

June 7, 2020

We are Better Than This

“The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities, and whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated. … One hundred years of delay have passed since President...

May 31, 2020

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Re-imagining Economic Development

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic developers have the opportunity to design a new future of their profession, building on lessons learned and practices their organizations executed during the...

May 24, 2020

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The Great Decoupling Continues

Press reports from Washington indicate that members of Congress are discussing ways to prompt American companies to move operations out of China.

This could, and let me stress could, have major ramifications for com...

May 17, 2020

Nearly three million people filed new unemployment claims last week, bringing the two-month tally to 36.5 million. For those who've managed to get applications approved, the extra $600 a week should help avert household financial catastrophe. But the extra cash won't l...

May 10, 2020

The jobs numbers for April released by the Labor Department were about as dismal as expected: The economy shed 20.5 million jobs and the unemployment rate jumped to 14.7 percent — devastation not seen since the Great Depression. The situation was even worse for minorit...

May 3, 2020

Another week, another round of job losses -- with 3.8 million people filing for unemployment last week. It brings the total jobless tally to above 30 million with an unemployment rate inching toward that seen in the Great Depression. In the journey to reopen America, m...

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