economic development

The Advanced Fabrics Project:  US’s Emerging Tech-xtile Industry

The Advanced Fabrics Project: US’s Emerging Tech-xtile Industry

According to a recent New York Times article, the textile industry is about to join the “Internet of things,” with huge implications for all manner of enterprises: This latest initiative, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, is intended to create a national network of research and development, design and manufacturing capabilities for the new fabrics. The […]

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Want More Entrepreneurs?  Raise Welfare Benefits!

Want More Entrepreneurs? Raise Welfare Benefits!

Over at the Atlantic, Walter Frick has a piece on the relationship between public welfare benefits and entrepreneurship.  The meme in the media is that the more generous the benefits, the greater the dependency, the less the initiative.  Logical, but according to some recent research, dead wrong: Entrepreneurs are actually more likely than other Americans […]

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California: A Case Study of the Interaction between Social Policy & the American Dream?

California: A Case Study of the Interaction between Social Policy & the American Dream?

A recent Orange County Register column reviews the changes in California’s economy over the last 40 years: Forty years ago, California was the role model for education, particularly with its network of community colleges, state universities and, at the apex, the University of California system. Today, that reputation is unraveling. For one thing, we are […]

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The Changing Geography of Asian Americans

The Changing Geography of Asian Americans

Over at New Geography Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox have a piece about the changing residential patterns among Asian Americans and how those changes could affect the US economy: Asia is now the largest source of legal immigrants to the U.S., constituting 40% of new arrivals in 2013. They are the country’s highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing […]

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Suburban Renewal:  Re-Using Dead Shopping Malls

Suburban Renewal: Re-Using Dead Shopping Malls

The Atlantic recently ran a story on the fate of some of the nation’s many abandoned “big box” malls.  Their fate is somewhat surprising: The Highland Mall in Austin, Texas, for instance, was named one of “America’s Most Endangered Malls” by U.S. News & World Report in 2009. One of the first suburban malls in […]

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The “Skills Gap” Redux. . . One More Time

The “Skills Gap” Redux. . . One More Time

Workforce development issues are an important focus of our work and have been for many years.  Predictably, as the economy shows some signs of growth, the discussion of skills shortages start to proliferate.  This blog recently featured a piece from the Atlantic that looked at whether any skills shortages can be traced to failures in […]

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