Last month, John Karras attended the International Economic Development Council’s 2018 Leadership Summit held in Las Vegas (January 28-30). This annual event offers the opportunity for economic development’s senior-most leaders to share their experiences and talk about the future of the profession. In this post, John shares his three key takeaways.
Over the past decade concepts like full employment, the skills gap, and the gray tsunami have become pressing concerns in the economic development arena. Technological disruptions continue to cast a shadow on the future of jobs. In the face of these challenges, here are three trends that are worth paying attention to over the short term.
Many US firms are poised to accomplish great things in 2018. The companies we chose to profile in this post stood out, given the strategic moves they made in 2017 and the potential implications of these decisions on their respective industries and on our way of life in 2018.
Urban development trends, such as coworking, experiential retail, and big-box redevelopment will continue to impact US communities (large and small) in 2018. Economic developers, take notice! Creative approaches to development challenges will abound in the year ahead.
Geography of Recovery: Cumulative Job Gains/Losses since December 2007 by Metropolitan Statistical Area
With our latest map, the Geography of Recovery, we explore the recession’s cumulative impact. This new data analysis provides insights into how individual metro areas have fared in terms of job growth since the start of the recession.