Why Pittsburgh Is Booming

Why Pittsburgh is booming

We have written frequently (most recently here and here) about Pittsburgh as Exhibit A for how so-called Rust Belt regions can return to prosperity. The basic recipe: make the transition from a factory-driven to a knowledge-driven economy largely by retaining…

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Growing Ann Arbor

Had an opportunity to talk with the Ann Arbor City Council about the economic future of the city. (For an excellent summary of the session see this MLive article.) My remarks and the conversation was mainly about retaining and attracting…

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Michigan’s share of young talent

One of the questions I'm now asked most frequently is "how is Michigan doing compared to other states in retaining and attracting recent college graduates?" Good question and encouraging that it is being asked more frequently. Folks seem to be…

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Density drives economic growth

In our 2006 A New Agenda for a New Michigan we wrote: For many Michiganians, vibrant central cities are part of the past. No longer relevant or just something you visit in unique places like Manhattan, Toronto or Chicago. Think again!…

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Cost of Living?

One of the questions I get most often during my presentations is "what about the cost of living?". Aren't most of the high prosperity big metros in the country – where the knowledge economy is increasingly centered – places with…

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