The Truth About the Gig Economy

Uber and similar companies aren’t driving huge changes in the way that Americans make a living.

San Francisco’s Homelessness Tradeoff

Taxing big business means more money for health care and social assistance, but the city’s economist says it could also mean fewer jobs and a smaller economy if companies move or open elsewhere—which could sting in a recession.

IRS Cancels Meeting on Opportunity Zones Rules Due to Shutdown

Those interested in the economic development program have been closely tracking the guidelines.

Metros Should Focus on Attracting and Upskilling Workers in ‘Opportunity Industries’

There’s a difference between a good job, a promising job and other jobs, particularly for people without bachelor’s degrees, according to a recent Brookings report.

New State and City ‘Pay to Move’ Programs Attract People—Not Employers

New initiatives starting this month in Vermont and Tulsa are part of a larger trend aimed at attracting workers to places that need to grow.

Auto Loan Delinquencies Higher in Southern States

States with delinquency hotspots should reconsider harsh vehicle repossession policies and improve consumer protections, said one Urban Institute researcher.

Data Show Sluggish Economic Output in Smaller Counties

For the first time, the Bureau of Economic Analysis has released GDP figures for all of the nation's counties.

Apple to Build a New Campus and Add Thousands of Jobs

Along with a new Austin campus, the company says it will add jobs at sites around the country.

Actually, Millennials May Be the Wealthiest Generation

Recent coverage about millennials' wealth, debt and income could be missing the bigger picture.

How Some Shrinking Cities Are Thriving in the New Economy

Despite conventional wisdom, cities don’t necessarily need population growth and more jobs to be economically healthy.

White House Will Launch Multi-Agency Council Focused on Opportunity Zones

The council will engage with state and local government officials on development in zones, a White House adviser said.

San Francisco Mayor Seeks to Reinvigorate Storefront Retail

Mayor London Breed said she wants to spur city administrators to match the innovations that are remaking retail business models.

Cities Seek to Align ‘Opportunity Zone’ Capital With Local Priorities

"There's a lot of work to do here that tax-advantaged capital will not do by itself,” says urban policy expert Bruce Katz.

Report: Racial Bias Continues to Limit Black Homeowners’ Wealth, Upward Economic Mobility

Homes in majority-black neighborhoods are worth $48,000 less on average than similar ones in neighborhoods with no black residents, research from the Brookings Institution and Gallup says.

Pennsylvania’s Broadband Challenges Are Worse Than Thought

Researchers at Penn State University find stark differences between advertised speeds and actual connectivity.

Appalachia, Puerto Rico Community Groups Receive $1M for Economic Development

Eight other local groups across the U.S. also will split the $10 million of Community Thrive Challenge winnings.

What’s Really Happening to Retail?

Manhattan’s shuttered storefronts tell a larger American story: Only Amazon-proof businesses can now survive in brick and mortar.

Revitalizing Michigan Communities Through Investment Crowdfunding

2018 NAVIGATOR AWARD WINNER: Katharine Czarnecki, Senior Vice President for Community Development, Michigan Economic Development Corporation