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20 Things Economic Developers Need to Know This Week

The stories Dane thinks you need to see. May 23, 2024 edition.

Dane Carlson
Dane Carlson
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20 Things Economic Developers Need to Know This Week

Welcome to this week's issue of What Economic Developers Need to Know This Week, where we explore the evolving dynamics of our economy. 

This week we have 20 tools, stories, graphics, charts, and videos that I think you'll find informative, useful, inspiring, and perhaps even humorous. Some are economic development related directly, and some only indirectly. 🤔

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1) Five ways macro economists get local infrastructure wrong:

  1. For local governments, infrastructure is a liability, not an asset.
  2. Cities can’t just have growth; they need productive growth.
  3. Local governments cannot be satisfied with a purely social return on investment.
  4. Saved time is not the same as money for a city.
  5. Cities can’t easily walk away from promises. When they ultimately do, people suffer.

2) In 2023, a record 5.5 million business applications were submitted in the US. While the pandemic-induced surge has slowed, the monthly average remains 80 percent above the previous decade, compared to 20 percent in Europe.



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