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Assorted Links Friday

Happy Friday everyone! (Unless your name is Amazon.)

Dane Carlson
Dane Carlson
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Assorted Links Friday
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Did cars manufacture the middle class?

The war for workers: Employee shortages are sparking increasingly aggressive efforts by regions and employers to lure talented people.

From life in prison to small business owner: A special prison program in Florida offers prisoners serving life a rare chance at freedom.

Lessons for communities striving to attract remote workers:

  • Communities should acknowledge that incentives are unlikely to be the only reason for an individual’s relocation decision
  • Incentives are most effective when they are part of holistic economic development strategies
  • Incentives tend to resonate with people who have some connection to or experience in your community already
  • Relocating remote workers are seeking to make meaningful connections within their new communities

For a company that's been used to growing at 20%, 30% or even 40% over the last few years, this week was a shock: Amazon's e-commerce sales dropped by 3% and the company reported its first loss for 7 years.


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