Month: August 2012

Untangling the Skills Mismatch Debate: Implications for Local Economic Development

The skills mismatch debate underscores why a solitary focus on college completion is insufficient to build competitive regional economies. The paradox of persistent unemployment and unfilled jobs has many analysts pointing to a  skills mismatch in the economy.  This widely accepted hypothesis has come under fire recently, with implications for local and regional economic development.

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog highlights the recent success of New Jersey’s economic development incentives, explores the story of two rural North Carolina towns and how they dealt with losses of industry, mentions efforts in Seattle and Philadelphia to streamline their regulatory structures, and points out increasing foreign direct investment flows from China to the US. Comment

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Our Divided Political Heart

It’s a shame that political party conventions don’t provide the kind of compelling and stimulating debate on policy issues that might actually serve to inform voters – assuming any are listening – about the electoral choice before the nation. It’s all the more regrettable because the American Republic is a nation of problem solvers all

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Resources for Rural Communities–in Good Times and Bad

As the worst drought in U.S. history continues to impact agriculture and businesses in rural communities, various federal agencies are offering additional aid to affected Americans.  With more than 1,800 counties designated as disaster areas, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA), Commerce, Interior and Transportation have worked to lessen hardships by providing emergency loan funds

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Board Appointments for Public Safety Communications Network Signals Good News for Cities

The Department of Commerce took the first major step in the planning and construction of a public safety communications network Monday morning when Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank appointed 12 members of the board of directors for the First Responder Network Authority, which—thankfully—is simply being referred to as “FirstNet.” FirstNet is responsible for overseeing

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The Latest In Economic Development

After a brief summer hiatus spent writing about craft beer and economic development, the Latest in Economic Development returns to its normal, weekly posting. This week’s post focuses on port expansions, gambling and economic development, microlending, and mega-events. Have things to add? Email me at mcconnell@nlc.org The eastern seaboard is engaged in a port arms

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Two Birds/One Stone: Finding Common Ground in an Election Year & Supporting Our Veterans

In another sign that veteran-related issues garner bipartisan support, members of the House Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Committees recently held a joint hearing with both Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. Remarkably, after more than ten years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, the hearing was the first time in

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Development, Housing Affordability, and Gentrification: Utilizing the Tools (Part 3 of 3)

This is the final post in a three –part series that explores gentrification as an ‘unintended consequence’ of the (re)development of a place, and identifies innovative tools that cities are using to address the overlapping issues of mobility and affordability. The previous blog posts (part 1 and part 2) in the series highlighted some of

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Cities Court Craft Breweries

The number of U.S. breweries is at a 125 year high with 350 new breweries opening in the past year, according to stats released on Monday by the Brewers Association. Beer drinkers aren’t the only ones enjoying this growth; craft breweries have caught the eyes of local officials and economic developers and they are encouraging

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