As an economic development consultant, I work in places that frankly need me. It's typically not in booming metros like Dallas, where I live. Rather, it's places that are struggling just to remain relevant in this digital age.
It's no great surprise to most economic developers that businesses growth has largely been concentrated in big metro areas since the Great Recession, while many rural areas have experienced a substantial loss of businesses in the past decade.
I joked that the photo above was a "Chamber of Commerce" photo. Incredibly, I took it from my hotel room with my smartphone through the glass window no less. You're looking at Huntsville, Alabama, long known for its knowledged-based economy.
A college degree, even with the debt that comes with it, is worth it, according to conventional thinking. Those with a bachelor’s degree on average earn over $1 million more than high school graduates make during their working lives, accord...