Economic Development

Laid-Off Coal Miners Inspire Virginia Tech and Local Workforce Board Study on Transferable Skills

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In southwest Virginia, coal miners are facing a grim reality. The coal mining industry has dwindled from over 12,000 jobs in 1990 to less than 4,000 in 2013, not only changing the lives of those workers but also the scope of the local economy. And, since occupations in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction offer the highest overall earnings in the region, it’s difficult for laid-off workers to find comparable employment.

The Connection Between Higher Ed and Economic Development in North Carolina

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North Carolina is home to Research Triangle Park, where universities share workspace and ideas with more than 200 companies with expertise in microelectronics, telecommunications, biotechnology, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and environmental sciences. The Park is one example of how the power of higher education, collaboration, and thought leadership can strengthen a region’s economy—and it doesn’t stop there.

Webinar: Why Data Matters to Your City

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You may have heard the exciting news that EMSI is offering an online class, Tools and Techniques for Understanding Urban Economies, through the certificate program at NYU School of Professional Studies. The class begins March 25 and you can register here. Want to learn more? Sign up for our March 12 webinar where Rob Sentz, chief innovation officer at EMSI, will discuss the […]

Tools and Techniques for Understanding Urban Economies

If you are an economic development professional and would like to gain the competitive edge and a valuable credential, here is a fantastic new opportunity. Last fall, the NYU School of Professional Studies launched the Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities. The Initiative offers a certificate program built to provide economic development professionals with […]

New Report Examines Mid-Skill Petrochemical, Industrial Construction Shortages in Houston


In the prosperous Houston economy, a blend of industries is driving new job opportunities for middle-skill workers. But, as EMSI helped identify in a recent report with JPMorgan Chase, two sectors stand above the rest: petrochemical manufacturing and commercial and industrial construction.