Economic Development

March 28, 2015, 1pm PDT
According to Brookings, this research is intended to inform local debates over the minimum wage. Drawing on Census data, the report finds that astronomical income gains are still concentrated among the biggest cities.
Brookings Institution
March 13, 2015, 10am PDT
It's just one block, but a block disrupted by changes happening just a quarter-mile away. So these businesses came together to rebrand their street and bring customers back.
Elevation DC
February 24, 2015, 2pm PST
For half a century, suburbs surpassed city centers in population and job growth. These economic and demographic trends appear to be reversing. America's cities have grown faster than outlying areas and new research that jobs are coming with them.
Surging City Center Job Growth
February 6, 2015, 9am PST
The three very different stories of the building trades in Atlanta, Denver, and Portland show just how much urban development patterns affect workers.
Shelterforce
February 3, 2015, 5am PST
Google announced last week it plans to expand high speed internet service in four fiber-ready cities, including Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham.
The Raleigh News & Observer
January 28, 2015, 11am PST
A columnist in St. Paul makes an argument in favor of zoning variances as a driver of incremental growth and economic development.
Star Tribune
January 19, 2015, 6am PST
Stakeholders in Michigan have bought in to the innovation district concept.
Crain's Detroit Business
January 10, 2015, 1pm PST
Linda Poon shares news of a short documentary about a Chinese artist trying to "bring economic and cultural development to a village struggling to survive China's rapid urbanization."
NPR
January 2, 2015, 7am PST
A Dallas economic development plan called "GrowSouth"—spearheaded by the office of Mayor Mike Rawlings—removed a record number of blighted and nuisance structures in 2014.
The Dallas Morning News
December 10, 2014, 11am PST
Drawing on longtime efforts to promote livability at the neighborhood, city, and regional level, Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Rick Cole recently highlighted lessons learned about "urban revitalization."
The Planning Report
November 23, 2014, 9am PST
Jose Corona of Inner City Advisors urges: to truly transform local neighborhoods, we must shift our attention to invest in enterprise scale, not start-ups, as a long-lasting solution for creating good jobs.
Shelterforce Magazine
November 18, 2014, 6am PST
In a plot line of the documentary Gaining Ground, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative fights to keep the lines of communication open with a large, partner nonprofit when a major conflict threatens their relationship.
Rooflines
November 16, 2014, 5am PST
"We asked the question: How much higher would total earnings and economic output have been in 2012 if racial differences in income were eliminated"...
Shelterforce/Rooflines
November 14, 2014, 11am PST
ProMedica is a locally owned nonprofit healthcare organization that is in the process of moving 900 employees from various suburban locations in the Toledo area into its newly renovated riverfront headquarters in Downtown Toledo.
The Toledo Blade
Blog post
September 24, 2014, 5am PDT
"Rather than serving as a buffer against economic decline for independent retailers, it seems that Community BIDs are a hindrance to sales and employment growth..." writes Dr. Stacey Sutton in the Journal of Planning Education & Research.
JPER
September 17, 2014, 8am PDT
New report by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate describes specific actions which can strengthen economic performance and reduce climate change risks. A key strategy is to build better, more productive cities.
Better Growth Better Climate
September 16, 2014, 11am PDT
What's your elevator pitch on why placemaking matters? Here's a couple rounded up by Hazel Borys, and some numbers that help refine their message.
PlaceShakers
August 14, 2014, 9am PDT
Now more than ever, creative professionals are turning their attention to community development. While this trend toward good design is exciting, it’s harder to find in rural areas. Here are a few ideas from the forefront of rural design.
CommunityMatters
August 13, 2014, 5am PDT
A look at how streets affect health, social interaction, and economic development by Marissa Reilly, a Berkeley-based urban planner and Lillian Jacobson, a master’s candidate at MIT.
UrbDeZine
August 1, 2014, 9am PDT
Unemployment still looms above 2007 levels, and is coupled with the lowest labor force participation in 30 years. Arthur Burris outlines what kinds of strategies cities can adopt to help their local economies.
Living Cities