Poppy Apocalypse Overwhelms California Town

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Amazon incentive package passes in Nashville ... Floods continue in Midwest ... Former governor to lobby for a constitutional convention.

What to Think About Next With Opportunity Zones? Community Input For One Thing.

“If you simply try to impose something on a community, you do so at your own peril,” says one mayor. This and other themes emerged this week at a summit focused on the program.

In Nashville, Will Amazon Overpromise and Under-Deliver?

New salary data cast doubt among activists on whether Amazon will fulfill its compensation pledge in Nashville. And they’re advocating to stall local approvals.

California Governor on Opportunity Zones: ‘I hope it’s not just to make a quick buck.’

State and local leaders and investors gathered to discuss the economic development program on Monday.

Amazon Shows Us Why Tech Talent—Not Big Incentives—Draws Development

COMMENTARY | "We might not see another competition like Amazon’s HQ2 search for a long time. And for cities trying to become the next tech hub, that’s OK."

Lawmakers Press Treasury Secretary Mnuchin for Opportunity Zones Oversight

"I want to make sure it works the way it was intended," one Ways and Means Committee member said of the new program.

A State Slow to Come Back from the Recession Pushes for Economic Wins

Rhode Island is recruiting companies and looking for long-term growth.

Former Coal Mining Towns Turn to Tourism

Coal mining built Kentucky’s Tri-Cities. Can tourism save them?

Port San Antonio’s Redevelopment Enters New Territory

The port authority is exploring a new public-private partnership to get the Texas metro area’s unique mix of industries, like cybersecurity and defense, collaborating more.

Counting Jobs in the Marijuana Industry

Private groups try to fill gaps in official employment data.

The States With the Best and Worst Levels of Well-Being

Gallup releases its latest index on the topic, based on over 100,000 survey responses.

Financial Institutions Working in Distressed Areas Call for More Federal Funding

“I have a strong suspicion that the current administration will propose yet again to slash the funding for the coming fiscal year,” says a Democratic appropriator.

Call of the Wild: More States Are Embracing Outdoor Recreation

“Those people out in the woods having fun are spending a lot of money,” says one Montana official.

Texas Estimates Hurricane Harvey Won’t Be an Overall Economic Hit

The large geography of the affected region and a significant influx of rebuilding funds helped lessen the disaster’s economic damage to the Lone Star State, according to a new analysis.

Invasive Species Have Some States Seeking Increased Federal Partnership

More than 5,000 invasive species—from plants like cheatgrass to rodents like nutria—inhabit the U.S. causing about $120 billion in economic damage annually.

General Electric to Pay Back State Incentives After Backtracking on New Headquarters

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ann Arbor dioxane plume … Norfolk’s recycling quandary … and the Bay Area’s new managed toll lane agreement.

Cashing In on a Warming Arctic

In Maine, some see the melting ice to the north as an opportunity.

Can ‘Veggie Burgers’ Boost Rural Economic Growth?

An agricultural economist sees plant-based proteins—like lentil burgers and tofu— as one answer for communities in central Montana.