Uncertainty Around Infrastructure Permitting Cited as a Difficulty for the Energy Sector

In an address, American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack Gerard also praised the Trump administration’s recent decision to expand offshore drilling on the outer continental shelf.

The Darker Side to Winning the Amazon HQ2 Sweepstakes

Any rising tech community should adopt a position of cautious enthusiasm in wooing major multinational players.

Trump Signs 2 New Executive Orders to Aid Rural Broadband Development

The president promised Farm Bureau members that “you're going to have great, great broadband.” But the new White House actions don’t appear to come with additional federal funding.

With New Jersey’s Pensions in Crisis, a Question of Fiscal Priorities

To lure Amazon’s HQ2, the Garden State is offering more than double its annual contribution to the public pension system—a system that paid out $5.5 billion more in benefits than it accrued last year.

How Do New 'Supertall' Skyscrapers in U.S. Cities Measure Up to the Rest of the World?

San Francisco and Philadelphia are joining the ranks of global cities with towers that rise above 300 meters, a height that may seem puny across Asia these days.

Trump Seeks to Nominate McConnell Staffer as Appalachian Regional Commission Co-Chair

The president proposed eliminating the economic development agency in his initial budget proposal. Tim Thomas, the prospective nominee to co-lead the ARC, spoke with Route Fifty on Friday.

Why Free College Tuition Is Spreading From Cities to States

The free tuition push hasn’t produced an economic bonanza for any of the pioneering cities—at least not yet — and some states have struggled to come up with the money to keep their end of the bargain.

Trump Administration Eyes as ‘Much as Possible’ for Expanded Offshore Drilling

A number of state and local officials are opposing the leasing of previously protected waters.

The Gem State Is Now the Nation’s Fastest Growing

Newly released U.S. Census Bureau figures show growth—and population loss—in the 50 states.

Proposed FCC Rules Could Threaten Local Broadband Competition

Rural areas, in particular, may continue to go unserved if small wireless internet providers get shut out of bidding wars for large license areas by the mobile industry.

A Push to Preserve the New Markets Tax Credit

The future of the credit, which helps provide low-cost financing for projects in struggling communities, has been caught up in the tax debate unfolding in Congress.

90% of People Think AI Will Take Away the Jobs of Other People

Survey: 48% of people think they'll soon have an AI employee.

Gig Economy Gives Child Support Scofflaws a Place to Hide

Even in states where employers are required to report contractors, companies such as Uber and Lyft still aren’t following the rules, and state officials have few ways to make them comply.

Why Cutting Historic Preservation Tax Credits Won't Be Easy

Preservation advocates, small town mayors, commercial developers and builders argue the credits more than cover their costs by generating jobs and tax revenue.

Fresno Officials Offer Amazon an Unusual Set of Keys to the City

As Chicago dangles $1.32 billion in personal income tax diversions in hopes to land the HQ2, a bid from California's fifth-largest city promises something very different.

Cities Should Meet Their Makers

Often overlooked small-scale manufacturers may prove the perfect fix for vacant corridors. Micro-businesses can bolster local economic resilience, if cities know where to find them.

The Disappearing Right to Earn a Living

Want to become a florist in Louisiana? A home-entertainment installer in Connecticut? Or a barber anywhere? You’re going to need a license for that—and it’s going to cost you.

200,000 Gallons of Oil Spill From the Keystone Pipeline

The leak comes just four days before TransCanada faces an important vote.

Movement to Make Broadband a Public Utility Gains Momentum in Colorado

Front Range communities like Longmont and Fort Collins have been on the front lines of an ongoing battle over improving internet speeds, access and reliability.