September 27, 2014, 1pm PDT
Solar panel company SolarCity unveiled plans for one of the largest solar panel factories to open in Buffalo, New York, forecasting almost 3,000 jobs for the factory alone.
September 19, 2014, 9am PDT
The Brookings Institution takes a closer look at the economic and employment impacts that water has on the United States.
August 8, 2014, 7am PDT
Brookings illuminates which states rely heaviest on infrastructure for employment as local policymakers are struggling with reliable federal funding throughout the peak of construction season.
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.
May 27, 2014, 9am PDT
A new report from the Brookings Institute examines the details employment in infrastructure jobs in the United States—as well as making a case that infrastructure jobs can address ongoing concerns in the economy.
February 11, 2013, 6am PST
Offering a list of policy innovations in several emerging mega-cities, URB.im managing editor Josephine d’Allant argues for empowerment over charity in the battle to improve conditions for the urban poor.
September 20, 2012, 5am PDT
Jeff Khau examines the rise in the teleworking population and what this demographic shift means for cities.
August 21, 2012, 10am PDT
students are understandably worried about getting a job once they graduate. The
slow economy has made this more difficult and also changed some of the
parameters in terms of approach and timing. For example, many employers are
hesitant to make early commitments, delaying some phases of the job search. In
this blog I outline a strategy for using the academic year to find a job or a
summer internship using the North American academic calendar as a base.
January 16, 2012, 10am PST
What is the relationship between car travel and health outcomes in the United States? Ariel Godwin and Anne Price challenge the claim that more time in the car decreases your health by looking at the impacts of education, income, and employment rates.
October 5, 2011, 6am PDT
Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into a law two CEQA reform bills that will expedite the court review process for some job-creating projects. Joel R. Reynolds editorializes on the move's risk to the basic principles of CEQA.
December 3, 2010, 1pm PST
A new report from the Brookings Institution lists the 30 most dynamic cities in the world -- cities that are recovering from the global economic downturn with growth in employment and income.
March 7, 2010, 7am PST
Students nearing graduation are wondering about employment.
Some already have jobs lined but many do not. While it is good to start
looking, best advice is to graduate first as finishing up after you have a job
almost always creates a lot of stress and bother. Previous blogs have covered Finding
a First Job in Planning, Tips on Gainful Unemployment for New Planners, and Defining the Planning Skill Set based on surveys of employers and graduates. Anna
Read, a recent graduate from Cornell’s MRP program who found employment right
away last year, has passed along these tips from her own experience:
December 1, 2009, 4pm PST
The short answer to the question about whether someone needs professional or activist planning experience before graduate school is yes!
April 27, 2009, 6pm PDT
In the United
States the stimulus package will eventually kick in to create jobs for planners—in housing,
transportation, design and such. However, in upcoming months students
graduating from planning schools face a situation they typically had not
planned on—where unemployment is relatively high and employers are hesitant about
taking on new people. As I have been pointing out to my students, this is not
the first time in the history of the world that such a situation has occurred.
The following tips draw on my own observations of successful strategies for
weathering such downturns.
February 26, 2009, 12pm PST
Some organizations believe they hold the key to fighting poverty--economic development in the inner cities, which will in turn bring in private investment. But others maintain that both are hard to come by simultaneously.
February 3, 2009, 4pm PST
November 30, 2008, 11pm PST
Economic stimulation is an important issue these days. Let’s be smart when choosing economic stimulation strategies.
November 28, 2008, 9am PST
Appalachia, long known as one of the poorest parts of the U.S. with chronically high unemployment, finds itself in the enviable position of enjoying remarkably low unemployment due to unwavering demand for its main natural resource – coal.