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Capitalism vs. the Climate. Urban-Development Legends by Mario Polèse, City Journal Autumn 2011. Grand theories do little to revive cities.

Urban-Development Legends by Mario Polèse, City Journal Autumn 2011

E.O. Hoppé/Corbis Cities that have used incentives to lure heavy industry have created little long-term growth. For decades, city fathers and academics have studied economic development, searching diligently for ways to make urban economies prosper. Surely this quest is understandable—as understandable as the search for success that so many people undertake in the personal-finance section of the local bookstore. The history of local economic development is a story of academic fads. The unfortunate results of that optimistic epoch were large industrial complexes, often in petrochemicals or steel, which created jobs but little subsequent growth. SmartCity Business Show E01: "Why a Business show?" Intro to SmartCity with Paul Kent. Germany’s Next Top Cluster! A Model Competition From Deutschland. Out of the recessionary rubble the “German model” stands tall in economic and policy circles for its resiliency and productivity.

Germany’s Next Top Cluster! A Model Competition From Deutschland

The Eurozone may be cracking but the German export machine keeps turning out world-beating manufactured goods with characteristic efficiency. Although fresh scrutiny is rightfully exposing weaknesses in corners of the German economy, experts concerned with the productive sector of the U.S. economy are turning to Germany for lessons. We at the Metro Program count ourselves among the German industrial sector’s admirers. The Coolest Park & Ride Ever. As a rule, I try to keep my employer out of HAC, but recent discussions of park & rides combined with a bad case of Portland envy compel me to break that rule presently.

The Coolest Park & Ride Ever

For you see, my GGLO colleagues and I just responded to a call for concepts for Memorial Coliseum in Portland’s Rose Quarter. Our concept? Fill it with cars and make a gigantic park & ride out of it. Think I’m kidding? Go ahead, click those links. 10 Whacky Economic Indicators (That May Be True) Is Starting A Business Safer Than Your Job? [Infographic] What's Better - Getting a Job or Starting a Business?

Is Starting A Business Safer Than Your Job? [Infographic]

With a slow economy, many people have turned to entrepreneurship as a means to pay the bills. Which begs the question, what’s better today — getting a job or starting a business? FDI Blog. In our series regarding the US competitiveness for FDI, we began examining the different drivers behind corporate FDI decisions, followed by a closer look of different views and opinions by various subject matter experts addressing these FDI drivers. Now we continue our assessment with a factual benchmark of the global competitiveness of the United States (US) versus emerging and low cost economies. Based on several comparative global benchmark reports as well as national statistical resources, we have computed and modeled a competitiveness score for all countries under study. Midwest Economy: Innovation and the District’s Food Industries, and "Clean Tech" Conference Announcement.

« Digging Out of a Hole – A View from Detroit | Main | Beige Book and District Indicators » September 6, 2011 Innovation and the District’s Food Industries, and "Clean Tech" Conference Announcement By David Oppedahl and Bill Testa.

Midwest Economy: Innovation and the District’s Food Industries, and "Clean Tech" Conference Announcement

IEDC and Conexus Indiana Launch Indiana Aerospace & Defense Council to Bolster State's $7.5B Defense Industry. Tier economic strategy put on the table at forum. BINGHAMTON — If the goal was to involve the public in producing an economic development plan for the region, the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council succeeded Thursday.

Tier economic strategy put on the table at forum

What remains to be seen, however, is whether the council got the kind of input it will actually use in the five-year strategic plan it must submit to state officials by Nov. 14. The Southern Tier council held its first public forum Thursday at the Binghamton University Downtown Center to collect feedback from area residents. About 60 people showed up, including the heads of companies, work force and business development executives, Empire State Development officials and others.

They were encouraged to provide ideas and other comments as part of work groups centered on eight topic areas, as well as fill out slips of paper with suggestions or other feedback regarding the council's strategic plan. State, Local Leaders Tout New ED Direction. Harnessing the power of metropolitan regions. Twitterinfo8.png (PNG Image, 648x4266 pixels) How To Make The Worlds Easiest $1 Billion.

With all the banks paying back the TARP money, some folks are assuming that the great Wall Street bailout is finally coming to an end.

How To Make The Worlds Easiest $1 Billion

But of course it isn't! Taxpayers are still guaranteeing all big bank bonds (Too Big To Fail) and subsidizing huge bank earnings and bonuses with absurdly low interest rates. Small Business Outlook Survey - April 2011. Small Business Economic Trends Survey - NFIB Optimism Index. The NFIB Research Foundation has collected Small Business Economic Trends data with quarterly surveys since the 4th quarter of 1973 and monthly surveys since 1986.

Small Business Economic Trends Survey - NFIB Optimism Index

Survey respondents are drawn from NFIB’s membership. The report is released on the second Tuesday of each month. This survey was conducted in March 2014. A sample of 3,938 small-business owners/members was drawn. Six hundred eighty-five (685) usable responses were received – a response rate of 17 percent. After February’s Decline, Confidence Up in March.