Category: Economic Mobility

More Low-Wage Jobs But Less Opportunity to Move Up

Almost half of the US workforce is considered “low-wage” and earning a median income of $18,000 per year. Who are these workers and how can we move them up into “good jobs” with higher pay and benefits?

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Eds & Meds in the Transformation of Industrial Cities

By: Marian Kansas, Consultant

Alan Mallach’s book The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America explores the rise and fall of America’s industrial cities. For us, it was an illuminating read on economic development, especially as Avalanche is advising communities across the Rust Belt.

We were especially interested in the chapter “From Factories to Eds and Meds.” Cities with rich histories like Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh have been able to weather the difficult transition in part because of their strong higher education and healthcare sectors (“eds and meds”).

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Successful Entrepreneurship in Rural America

A small town in Wyoming is becoming a best practice by utilizing its historic assets to revitalize the economy.

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Public Policy Can Curb the Negative Effects of Automation

Researchers, economic developers, and politicians are concerned about how automation will affect the workforce. By looking at other times in our history where automation has advanced rapidly, we can learn what worked and what didn’t and use that knowledge to address future automation challenges. 

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How expensive is housing in your community?

Housing is top of mind in many communities across the country. Access to affordable housing, commute times from residential centers to employer centers, types of housing available, and more all play a role in the attractiveness of your community and the ability of your workforce to easily access jobs.

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Housing is Becoming Unaffordable Outside of Major Metros Too

We’ve all heard about unaffordable housing in San Francisco or Los Angeles, but housing unaffordability is making its way to smaller towns, affecting both homeowners and renters.

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