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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Not just STEM

I do a monthly post for the Grand Rapids Business Journal. Last month I wrote about the occupations and industries their latest 40 Under Forty worked in. Turns out these future leaders in West Michigan overwhelmingly don't work for manufacturers…

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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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grbj.com

I have agreed to write a monthly blog for the online edition of the Grand Rapids Business Journal. I'm excited about the opportunity. You can find my initial post here. The topics will be the same as I write about here.…

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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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