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.
Remember green jobs? The BLS recently released the 2011 estimates of electric power generation jobs, which includes solar electric power generation and wind electric power generation. The data provides an interesting look at the relative scale of employment.
“The gigantic public investments in green energy may be stimulating innovation and helping the environment. But they are not evidence that the government knows how to create private-sector jobs,” writes David Brooks of The New York Times.
Click here for Second Observation Third Observation: It Needs to Be Data-Driven In the United States, we have a huge amount of data at our disposal for development decisions. Our nation has over 1,800 (and counting) well-established industry codes (NAICS codes) that are standardized for the entire country. The 20 big industry sectors that compose […]
Click here for First Observation Second Observation: “Policy” Versus “Environment” Right now, the primary struggles with green development seem to come from: (1) actually understanding what “green” is and (2) knowing which industries people need to be prepared for. In many ways, this might be because green is happening according to a top-down, policy driven […]
For the introduction click here First Observation: Chasing Trends Versus Being Demand Driven Imagine that for the past 20 years you have been laboring under the hood of your region’s economy, working with local industries, educators, and other leaders to craft better strategies, develop the workforce, and encourage business in the region. Let’s also say […]