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Many local governments see a silver lining in the shortage of semiconductor chips. That, and more.

Dane Carlson
Dane Carlson
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Assorted Links Friday
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Retail chains, like Walmart and Target, say that shoppers have returned to stores and that they have pulled forward inventory to avoid supply-chain snarls.

The Simon Abundance Index 2021: The Earth was 608 percent more abundant in 2020 than it was in 1980.

The Cognitive Bias Codex is a radial diagram of 188 cognitive biases listed on Wikipedia. They are grouped into categories and each bias links to it’s own Wikipedia page where you can learn more.

Skilled beyond degree: There’s less emphasis on formal education in manufacturing and construction, and more on certifications.

If you pay attention to grocery industry news, you’ve probably heard: the largest supermarket chain the country, Kroger, is expanding into Florid: All without opening a single store in the Sunshine State.

Move over, bread machine: This tech entrepreneur is miniaturizing the chocolate factory.

Largest economic incentive deals of third quarter 2021: $871 million in economic incentives

New KSM Location Advisors president Mark Mitchell on the effects of pandemic on the economic development world.

Congrats to Whittington Consulting on winning the 2021 HubSpot Sales Impact Award.

How post-pandemic inflation ended last time:

Your great great grandparents weren’t reading articles about the CPI every day because the CPI didn’t even exist until the early 20’s. And if it was published anywhere, it was for government officials and economists, not Fox News hosts. And then, in 1920-1921, there was an 18 month recession that popped the bubble in rising prices and restored inflation to a more moderate pace. This moderation would set the table for one of the most important decades of innovation and economic progress ever.

Inside the supply-chain snafu that could wreck your holiday plans: How the wild details of the most memed shipping crisis perfectly illustrate our global trade dilemma.

Cities with empty offices see new room to expand housing: After Covid, New York and other cities are weighing whether to convert empty office buildings into affordable housing.

Visions of a US computer chip boom have cities hustling: Many local governments see a silver lining in the shortage of semiconductor chips that has contributed to a slowdown in the global economy.

Supply-chain snarls deliver windfalls to Wall Street: Hedge funds cash in via appreciating stakes in container-ship companies, sales of vessels.


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Founder/Host of Econ Dev Show. By day: Director of Economic Development for Galveston County, Texas.