Author:Sarah Bernart

Despite Hefty Spending, Virginia Industrial Sites Sit Empty

Virginia’s push to create industrial megasites began in 2004, when several manufacturers were looking for locations in the southeastern part of the state. Virginia’s tobacco commission, an independent board that dispenses money from the national tobacco settlement, allocated $100 million to acquire land and build...

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Program Aims to Help Expand Economic Development Planning

The NC Department of Commerce is investing $260,000 in “Downtown Strong,” a program designed to boost local capacity by providing economic development planning, revitalization resources and guidance. Based on feedback from rural leaders during Hometown Strong community meetings, the program will operate out of Commerce’s...

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A Simple Proposal to Revive the American Dream

Chicago has joined the states of Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee in experimenting with tuition-free community college education. Mayor Rahm Emanuel explains how the Star Scholarship program has boosted attainment of two-year degrees, especially among minority and first- generation college students. “More than a century...

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Year-End Message from NCEDA President Mark Pope

In a few days, we’ll close the books on 2018 and eagerly welcome a new year with optimism and hope.   Headlines captured the disappointment this year when high-profile projects landed in competing states. But we also celebrated many wins – with Honeywell, Cognizant, Advanced Auto Parts...

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We Are Underinvesting in Human Capital

Human capital is the strategic asset in the modern global economy. In 2018, for the first time in US history, the number of unfilled positions in the US economy was greater than the number of unemployed individuals seeking employment. The US Department of Labor estimates...

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