March 6th, 2019
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Most Dynamic Micropolitans - Walton Family Foundation

The Most Dynamic Micropolitan Index, which ranks the 531 micropolitan areas across the U.S., analyzes the economic performance and indicators that impact the social and economic fabric of America. More » 'Insourcing' Roils Freight Industry, Analysts Say - Transport Topics Inc.’s role in the shuttering of New England Motor Freight and the “body blow” dealt to XPO Logistics Inc. is raising alarms for trucking and logistics firms that do business with, or compete against, the popular online retailer. More »

Bumps in the Road to Smart Manufacturing - IndustryWeek

Significant challenges stand in the way of IIoT adoption in the United States. More »

What Are Smart Cities? - CB Insights Research

Technology is powering the rise of smart cities, transforming everything from traffic management to waste collection. We dig into the digital revolution giving rise to cities that are more connected, sustainable, and efficient — and what the future of urbanization might look like More »

New report highlights Volkswagen's economic weight in Tennessee, U.S. - Times Free Press

VW supports about 16,400 jobs in state through automaker's Chattanooga assembly plant More »

Amazon’s Hard Bargain Extends Far Beyond New York - The New York Times

Virtually all of America’s largest businesses drive a hard bargain with governments, angling for benefits and financial incentives. Amazon, though, often plays politics with a distinctive message: Give us what we want, or we’ll leave and take our jobs elsewhere. The tactics help Amazon squeeze as much as possible out of politicians. More »

Are Robots Competing for Your Job? - The New Yorker

Probably, but don’t count yourself out. More »

Playing for Keeps in the War for Talent - D Magazine

You've got to stand out to get stand-out talent. More »

Why cities should stop offering tax incentives to companies - FastCompany

In my own research as an economist studying corporate welfare, I have found and reviewed much evidence on the effectiveness of tax and other incentives. My conclusion: Incentives just don’t work. More »

Innovation districts and their dilemmas with place - Brookings

Driven by broader economic and demographic trends, most districts emerge organically as established firms and start-ups choose to co-locate around universities, medical institutions and/or other anchors. But over time, as the number of actors increases, innovation district leaders often become much more intentional about working together to leverage their district assets, applying a “collaborate to compete” approach. More »

The Status of US Solar Manufacturing, One Year After Tariffs - Greentech Media

Greentech Media checks in on the solar companies that, under threat from tariffs, announced plans for U.S. solar module manufacturing. More »

Equipping today’s Autonomous Vehicle workforce with skills to succeed tomorrow - Brookings

At least 9.5 million different workers—from truck drivers, to mechanics, to logisticians—are central to the country’s digital mobility workforce. A wave of new technologies and work activities are hitting every part of the country, and many of the workers involved actually have nothing to do with driving. More »

State Corporate Income Tax Rates and Brackets for 2019 - Tax Foundation

Corporate income taxes are levied in 44 states. Though often thought of as a major tax type, corporate income taxes account for an average of just 3.38 percent of state tax collections and 2.24 percent of state general revenue. More »

Etsy will offset all of its shipping emissions - Fast Company

Ninety-eight percent of the company’s footprint comes from sending packages. More »

Two Tacos and a B.A., Please - WSJ

Three economists—from Northeastern University, Harvard and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston—examined data for 36 million online job postings between 2007 and 2012. At the beginning of this period, roughly 13% of postings said that job candidates needed a bachelor’s degree, and 8% required four years of experience. By 2010 the figures were 22% and 14%. More »

Useful Stats: Educational Attainment by Metropolitan Area (2007-2017) - SSTI

n Asheville, North Carolina, the share of population with a BA+ increased from 27.2 percent to 34.1 percent, the largest percentage point change of any region. Over that same period, Pittsburgh (growing 6.3 percentage points to 33.5 percent), Denver (growing 6.1 percentage points to 42.1 percent), Grand Rapids (growing 6.1 percentage points to 31.8 percent), and San Jose (growing 6 percentage points to 49.2 percent) also experienced large increases in educational attainment. More »

New York budget director assigns blame for Amazon HQ2 collapse in scathing letter – GeekWire

New York’s chief number cruncher is calling out critics of Amazon’s defunct plans to build a headquarters in Queens for derailing “the single greatest economic development opportunity” in decades. More »

Biotech research company to set up U.S. headquarters near Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center

Vycellix is not receiving any state or local incentives to make the move, according to Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. “It’s exciting to see an industry cluster form around the treatment of cancers, and we welcome Vycellix to the area,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said. Thanks to Moffitt, he said Tampa "continues to grow as a hub for life science and biotech companies." More »

Resurrected Firefly Aerospace will take over a launch site at busy Florida spaceport - The Verge

The company has a new lease on life and at Cape Canaveral More »

Addressing Manufacturing Worker Shortage, Apprentice Programs Expand Pool Of Engineer Technicians - Forbes

One has a bachelor's degree in business administration, one has a bachelor's degree in elementary education, and one even has a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering. This is the new wave of manufacturing apprentices, specifically, Engineering Apprentices. More »

Amazon's Holly Sullivan and JBG Smith talk HQ2 jobs, housing - Washington Business Journal Inc.'s second home in the D.C. region will be a neighborhood — not a campus — of largely locally hired employees who eat at local restaurants and maybe bring their dogs to work, according to Holly Sullivan, who was among the leaders of the e-commerce giant's HQ2 search. More »

Welcome to New York, Amazon—Now Go Home - WSJ

Progressives put out the unwelcome mat, and city dwellers will pay the price for years to come. More »

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