Burgh Diaspora – Economic Development From Geographic Mobility

People want to be around other people like themselves, and sometimes diversity too. Jim Russell says:

Places renown for developing people will always do well. It isn’t fad or fetish driving prosperity. People will endure crime, high taxes, and a lousy built environment to better themselves. They will even tolerate a crappy climate and a long commute to work.

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In Export Economy, Is Great Lakes Shipping the Answer?

The last international ship of the year just left the Great Lakes. The Dutch vessel dropped off Swedish steel in Cleveland and picked up grain in Duluth.

 

Many say increasing exports would help get the region and the country out of the recession.
Well, the Midwest still makes things. If we’re going to be an export economy, how do we get the goods out of the country?

Could we be doing a lot more international trade directly through the Great Lakes?

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At food banks across the Midwest, a “new reality”

Volunteers at the Chicago Food Depository sorting donations. The organization says that 1 in 8 Cook County residents will use a soup kitchen or food pantry. Image Courtesy of Chicago Food Depository.

As the year comes to a close, there are indications the economy is improving. Retail sales are up, and unemployment rates are dropping. You can look at jobless rates as a statistic – or you can see it in real life terms. Changing Gears is a public media project looking at the reinvention of the Midwest. At food banks across the Midwest, though, we’re seeing that reality is getting in the way of that reinvention.

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Christmas sales strong for Michigan retailers

From our CG Partners Michigan Radio:

Tom Scott is with the Michigan Retailers Association. He says just released sales numbers from the beginning of the holiday shopping season are better than expected.

“Seeing these really good numbers in November gives us hope that they’re going to stand up in December too”

“Seeing these really good numbers in November gives us hope that they’re going to stand up in December too, and we’re going to end up with a really good season,” says Scott.

via Christmas sales strong for Michigan retailers.

How is your business faring this holiday season?

Changing Gears Podcast, Episode Two

In this episode, Changing Gears presents Reinventing Our Cities, a one-hour special on ideas to transform urban areas in the Midwest. Senior editor Micki Maynard hosts, with reports from Changing Gears reporter Dan Bobkoff, who travels to Pittsburgh, and Niala Boodhoo in Chicago. Sarah Hulett of Michigan Radio reports from Detroit, and WBEZ reporter Michael Puente from Gary, Indiana. The hour also includes suggestions from Changing Gears listeners, who spoke with Ann Arbor reporter Kate Davidson.

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2010 Census Data Shows Shift For Region

The U.S. Census Bureau has just released preliminary data from the 2010 census, and the numbers show that the nation’s population is shifting south and west. The nation’s population is now 308 million, up nearly 10 percent from 287 million in the 2000 census.

Census data is critical for apportionment — the distribution of Congressional seats, which are based on population. Indications are that Ohio will lose two seats, and Michigan one seat. (Michigan was the only state to lose population over the past 10 years.) Illinois also stands to lose a seat.