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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

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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

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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

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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

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Looking for a Job? This City Has a 2.6% Unemployment Rate

With an unemployment rate of only 2.6%—less than half the national level—this city has one of the strongest economies in the U.S.

Looking for a Job? This City Has a 2.6% Unemployment Rate

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Move Over NYC: This Other New York City Is a Rising Star

When it comes to New York, New York City gets a lot of attention. But a little farther north is another city just as worthy of praise: Buffalo.

Move Over NYC: This Other New York City Is a Rising Star

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Lessons in Success From a Comeback City

Chattanooga has demonstrated that, when you approach infrastructure investment in a strategic way, you also build a sturdy economic foundation.

Lessons in Success From a Comeback City

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The Untold Story of a Tennessee City’s Economic Miracle

It’s not every day that a city reverses years of decline, reinventing itself into an economic engine. Yet that’s what's happened in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Untold Story of a Tennessee City’s Economic Miracle

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Why Your Love of Travel Is So Important

In St. George and surrounding Washington County, Utah, travel is something that takes on a particular importance. That's because it's one of the region’s major economic drivers.

Why Your Love of Travel Is So Important

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Is Silicon Valley’s Future in St. George, Utah?

Though it might be less widely known than Salt Lake City or Provo, St. George is a formidable urban center on its own

Is Silicon Valley’s Future in St. George, Utah?

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As It Looks to the Future, Southwest Louisiana Bets on a Diversified Economy

As anyone in Southwest Louisiana will tell you, oil & gas account for only a part of the region’s economy, one that is becoming more nimble and diverse.

As It Looks to the Future, Southwest Louisiana Bets on a Diversified Economy

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Energy Sector Powers Southwest Louisiana

Tucked away in Southwest Louisiana, Lake Charles is the next stop in our #SiliconCitiesUSA series.

Energy Sector Powers Southwest Louisiana

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