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57 Things Economic Developers Need To Know This Week

The stories that you need to see from this week. July 21, 2021 edition.

Dane Carlson
Dane Carlson
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57 Things Economic Developers Need To Know This Week
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Welcome to this week's Assorted Links.  This week we have fifty-seven stories that'll make you a smarter economic developer.


1) 😂 Site Selectors Guild research largely aligns with CNBC’s top states rankings: I'm sure glad for that, because I'd hate for there to be two lists.


2) 🚢 🚢 The world’s busiest ports:


3) 🎤 I was a guest on the EcDev Network podcast this week. Their format is interesting:  They record on Clubhouse before a live audience, and the audience is encouraged to participate.  Give it a listen.


4) 🏠 New full-time remote jobs have tripled, but the overall percentage remains incredibly low. Before the pandemic, remote was about 2% of all new office jobs, and now it’s about 6 to 7% of new office jobs.


5) 📈 Consumer prices are up 4.7 percent since February 2020:


6) 🌆 After strong opposition, the OMB rejects changing the definition of "metropolitan": The proposal would have raised the population threshold for a core city of a Metropolitan Statistical Area from 50,000 to 100,000. Ninety-seven percent of the public comments about the change were negative.


7) 🧳 Forget toilet paper: This summer's suitcase shortage could leave travelers in a lurch


8) California fleeing; Some deny the Golden State’s demographic decline, but data make it hard to ignore:


9) Real average hourly earnings are down 1.7 percent over the 12 months ending June 2021:


10) Union Pacific has paused service from the West Coast to Chicago as congestion hits inland terminals.


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