Category: Inclusion

The Future of Work – Are Workers Opinions Being Considered?

Policy analysts, researchers, politicians, and academic leaders have spent a significant amount of time and energy trying to understand how automation, skills development, and technological changes will affect the future of work. Unfortunately, workers themselves are often absent from these conversations.

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Inclusive Economic Development in Albuquerque

New leadership at the Albuquerque Economic Development Department is refocusing efforts on local, small businesses and the City’s large population of people of color.

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Three Newsworthy Economic Development Trends in 2019

By Marian Kansas, Consultant

As the manager of The Future Of, Avalanche’s curated content website featuring new economic development articles and commentary each week, I spend a lot of time finding and reading economic development-related articles from a wide variety of sources. I’ve seen trending topics shift since we started The Future Of about a year ago, from the economics of opening craft breweries as a revitalization method to the impact climate change will have on our local and national economies. 

Even though trending topics change as various economic, political, and cultural shifts take place, a few themes are consistently discussed among economists, researchers, and journalists regarding economic development. Here are the three trends I’ve seen surpass news cycles and receive continued research and media attention time and time again:

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Affordable Housing is Still a Challenge, but There are Solutions

Affordable housing is a national issue, but the problems and solutions look different for every community. Cities can still learn from one another, even if their problems are different, and federal efforts can support communities as they develop more affordable housing.

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The Infrastructure Workforce Presents Both a Challenge and Opportunity

America’s infrastructure, which is aging and in need of investment, has long been a concern for local, state, and national leaders. But will we have the workforce necessary to make major infrastructure improvements in the future?

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Cities and Tech Can (and Should) Join Forces

Even though the relationship between tech companies and city governments in the recent past has been contentious, tech and cities should find a way to partner so that cities can be more equitable and efficient in our new digital age.

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Black Tech Workers and Entrepreneurs are Flocking to Atlanta

Photo: Savannah Brock, for USA TODAY

Diversity in the tech industry has unfortunately been stagnant in Silicon Valley, leading black tech workers and business leaders to Atlanta where they feel they have a more supportive and diverse business climate.

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Inclusive Economic Growth in Indianapolis, Nashville, and San Diego

Indianapolis, Nashville, and San Diego have all experienced rapid economic growth in the past decade, but some of this growth has left lower income and/or minority populations behind. Now these three cities are striving to temper the negative effects of growth while also creating opportunities for citizens of all incomes levels and ethnicities to participate in the economy.

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