Economic Development

Revisiting Newton, Iowa: How a Small Town’s Economy Grew Stronger After Losing Its Largest Employer

President Obama speaks at TPI Industries, a wind turbine manufacturer in Newton, Iowa (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivias)

This article revisits our 2008 case study about Newton, Iowa, which lost its largest employer that year. Now, spirits are up, and Jasper County (where Newton is located) has surpassed 2008 job counts and is driving unemployment into the ground.

Defining Advanced Manufacturing at the Industry Level and Pinpointing Its Growing Hubs

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Professionals in workforce development, economic development, and higher education are fighting to make their communities well suited for advanced manufacturing industries. But the definition of advanced manufacturing is often vague and difficult to define at the industry level. What exactly is it?

A Look at West Michigan’s Sky-High Engineering Job Growth


Recent job growth has inspired The Right Place Inc. (an economic development organization in Grant Rapids, Michigan) to promote an understanding of local engineering demand. In fact, the Right Place Inc. recently used EMSI data to conduct an analysis of regional engineering employment, published last weekend in a local business journal