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The Latest in Economic Development – 1.25.12

This week’s blog entry uncovers the data behind “Made in China,” explores America’s ongoing competitiveness struggles, looks at a couple examples of entrepreneurial-minded cities, and expounds upon the SBA’s new program to support startups. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get last week’s blog here. These days, most household items you use or clothes you

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The Latest in Economic Development – 1.17.12

This week’s blog entry focuses on the friction between economic development incentives and demonstrated results, a trendy way to fund startups that is looking for an extra push, a green-tech cluster in an unlikely state, and the importance of a diverse, high(er) tech economy. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get last week’s blog here.

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The Latest in Economic Development – 1.11.12

This week’s blog entry focuses on continuing trends in innovation, new international trade opportunities, a surprising university that churns out startups, and the implications of deficit reduction. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get last week’s blog here. The harsh realities of deficit reduction are making themselves felt. Wichita, Kansas is feeling the pain after

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The Latest in Economic Development – 1.3.12

A full Latest in Economic Development will return from its holiday hiatus next week, but in the meantime we wanted to briefly post about Mario Polèse’s City Journal article “Urban Development Legends.”  If you’re into economic development, it’s a must read.  The article offers a critique of the major economic development theories for the past

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The Latest in Economic Development – 12/19/11

This week’s blog entry focuses on different economic development strategies to return to growth, including repealing unnecessary regulations pertaining to “green” energy, workforce development strategies, and whether business-attracting subsidies are performing as intended. Have stories you think should be included?  Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get last week’s blog here. The idea of repealing

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The Northeast Central Durham Livability Initiative Populates the Livability Discussion

Over the last couple years, the definition of livability created by the HUD-DOT-EPA’s Partnership for Sustainable Communities has become well known to those of us in the “city business.”  The Partnership’s website outlines the six principles of livability: value communities and neighborhoods; promote equitable, affordable housing; provide more transportation choices; support existing communities; coordinate and

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The Latest in Economic Development – 12.12.11

Information germane to economic development can seemingly come from all angles. It is not always easy to filter out the information that is not pertinent to cities and city leaders. So every week, NLC will introduce articles related to economic development, placing special attention on interesting and ambitious city programs, identifying recent trends, and uncovering

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Residents Matter as Washington, DC Gets Ready to Create its First Sustainability Plan

This past Wednesday, over 400 residents of Washington, DC gathered in the Convention Center to form working groups that will inform the content of the city’s first sustainability plan.  The energy in the room was palpable, as Mayor Gray restated his vision to make Washington “the greenest city in the nation.” After introductory words from

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Todays unemployment numbers

The following post was written by Neil Bomberg, program director in NLC’s Center on Federal Relations: November’s unemployment numbers, which were released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics or BLS, provide further evidence that the economy is continuing to improve after suffering the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. At first glance, last

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Green Riverside Impresses at the Congress of Cities

Last week, I arrived at the Congress of Cities in Phoenix, both excited and anxious about meeting our members and working a large conference for the very first time.  Would I be in the right place at the right time? Would I have answers for the questions that our members might ask?  For the most

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