Smart government

Smart policy and regulation is necessary

What’s Happening in Lansing, Michigan?

The next stop on our #SiliconCitiesUSA tour is Lansing, Michigan.

What’s Happening in Lansing, Michigan?

Smart government

Tracing the Origins of Wilmington, North Carolina’s Revamped Economy

The transformation of the Wilmington metropolitan area is, in many ways, indicative of the success of a number of governmental reforms.

Tracing the Origins of Wilmington, North Carolina’s Revamped Economy

Smart government

Wilmington, North Carolina: The Dark Horse of the State Economy

With its strong economy and job markets, Wilmington, North Carolina, is the dark horse of the state’s small business economy. It’s also the next stop in our ongoing #SiliconCitiesUSA tour. Though the Raleigh-Durham area might garner a lot of media attention, Wilmington is just as deserving of the limelight. Situated right on the Atlantic Coast, the city boasts a diversified economy and the kind of natural beauty that landlocked regions envy. Wilmington’s unemployment rate currently sits at 5.8%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yet policy and business leaders continue to aggressively court new businesses, as they work together to try to further stoke economic growth. What industries, then, have a stronghold here? Aviation, for starters. Wilmington is a hub of aviation manufacturing, thanks in large part to General Electric, which has long had a presence in surrounding Hanover County. The city is also popular among pharmaceutical companies, with […]

Wilmington, North Carolina: The Dark Horse of the State Economy

Smart government

The Biggest Challenges Facing the U.S. Education System

This post originally appeared in Above the Fold, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s digital platform featuring analysis, commentary, and real stories about the intersection of government and politics.  Ready to get schooled in education? In the latest episode of our podcast, The Business Impact, Cheryl Oldham, vice president of education and workforce at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, walks us through some of the critical challenges facing our country’s current education system, from widely varying grade school standards and a rise in remedial courses in college to a yawning skills gap for new entrants into the labor market. Oldham also discusses some of the past legislative efforts to address those problems, where they fall short, and what policymakers and local business leaders can do now to better prepare America’s future workforce. You can listen to the podcast below, and check back periodically for new episodes of The Business Impact.

The Biggest Challenges Facing the U.S. Education System

Smart government

Eyes on Miami, Jacksonville Becomes an Economic Destination

After visiting Lincoln, Nebraska, in August, we made our way to Jacksonville, Florida, the next destination in our ongoing #SiliconCitiesUSA series. Jacksonville is both like and unlike other major cities in Florida that you might have visited—places like Miami and Tampa Baby. Situated in the state’s northeast corner, Jacksonville’s eastern border runs along the Atlantic coast, with the St. John’s River cutting through its center. Comprising more than 840 square miles, Jacksonville is the largest U.S. city by land size. It might not carry the name recognition of an Orlando or a Palm Beach, but Jacksonville is well on its way to becoming a major player in the state. Its transformation into a regional economic engine has prompted an influx of new, young residents who have, in turn, fanned the city’s ‘cool’ credentials. It’s not just Jacksonville’s restaurants, bars, and burgeoning retail sectors that are attracting transplants: It has a […]

Eyes on Miami, Jacksonville Becomes an Economic Destination

Smart government

This City’s Problem: Too Many Jobs, Too Few Workers

With its 2.6% unemployment rate, Lincoln, Nebraska, has one of the hottest economies in the U.S. What is the city doing to sustain that kind of torrid growth over the next decade and beyond? It’s investing in education, for starters. Building on Success The Lincoln metropolitan area has a lot going for it when it comes to education. Its residents, for instance, are among the highest in terms of educational attainment in the U.S., with an outsized share graduating from both high school and college. Local and state officials are continually working to cultivate this kind of environment, one that has helped attract all kinds of businesses from a diverse range of industries. On this front, Lincoln actually has a unique problem other cities would envy: Many employers are growing so quickly that they are unable to find qualified workers. The Nebraska Department of Economic Development is actively working with […]

This City’s Problem: Too Many Jobs, Too Few Workers

Smart government

Are New England’s High Energy Costs Hurting Business?

Why has economic growth slowed in parts of New England? There are a number of reasons, but the region’s high energy costs sit high atop that list. This piece, which was originally published in Forbes, explores that phenomenon, as it looks to trace the origins of these skyrocketing costs. The magazine’s investigation reveals how convoluted regulations and warring special interest groups are colliding to drive uncertainty and disrupt large swaths of New England’s economy. For more than 50 years Onyx Specialty Papers of South Lee, Mass. has carved out a niche selling unusual, high-value products like the Kevlar-reinforced paper used in automobile clutch plates. The company’s twin 100-foot-long paper machines sit in a 150-year-old brick building on the Housatonic River, churning out 12,000 tons of paper a year. Pat Begrowicz and a business partner bought Onyx from industry giant Mead Westvaco in 2009. She cashed in her kids’ college funds […]

Are New England’s High Energy Costs Hurting Business?

Smart government

Buffalo and Its Remarkable Economic Resurgence

Buffalo, New York, is enjoying a resurgence that has energized the region, attracting capital, businesses, and people.

Buffalo and Its Remarkable Economic Resurgence

Smart government

15 Fascinating Facts about US-France Economic Relations

Here are 15 fascinating facts about U.S.-France economic relations.

15 Fascinating Facts about US-France Economic Relations

Smart government

The 1 Thing that Determines Your City’s Entrepreneurial Success

While studying U.S. cities, we found that the answer to this question told us a lot about the future of a city’s startup ecosystem.

The 1 Thing that Determines Your City’s Entrepreneurial Success

Smart government
Load More