Prettier Cities Are Better at Attracting Jobs and New Residents

A study finds that the more beautiful a city is, the more successful its economic development prospects, including attracting highly educated and affluent new residents.

Don’t Be Afraid of a Cashless Future

COMMENTARY | City ordinances requiring businesses to accept cash payments to protect the poor are missing the larger picture.

Most of America’s Rural Areas Are Doomed to Decline

COMMENTARY | Most of the nation’s smaller urban and rural counties are not growing and will not grow.

The Geography of Brain Drain in America

States like Ohio and Hawaii have been considering initiatives to stem brain drain and hold onto their own talent.

Western Communities Try to Chart New Economic Paths as Coal Declines

“We decided that a win is growing basically one job at a time,” says one economic development official.

How to Help Small Businesses Survive a Flood

After a flood, 40% to 60% of small businesses close down. Lawmakers say improving infrastructure before disasters strike could help prevent that from happening.

The Startups Born of Flint’s Water Crisis

Five years after the Michigan city was hit with its public health emergency, there’s good news—and signs of an entrepreneurial resurgence—coming out of Flint.

Latest Opportunity Zones Guidelines Offer More Clarity For Business Investments

"This reg removes a lot of the most obvious impediments that have kept capital on the sidelines,” says one expert.

Chicago Mayor-Elect Steps Back in Battle Over Massive Real Estate Deals

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ohio lawmakers pick sides on how best to run sports gambling … Connecticut launches interactive campaign to cut red tape … Georgia to provide $1.5 million in free menstrual products.

An Economic Development Package for a Major Tourist Attraction

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Different and escalated citations for homeless people in Sacramento ... Rethinking fare evasion in Philadelphia ... Changes for drones in a New Jersey town.

What Happens to Community Bonds When a Neighborhood Gentrifies

A study of demographic changes in Philadelphia neighborhoods finds that an influx of more-affluent newcomers can erode community ties—or strengthen them.

How to Bring Back Struggling Cities

COMMENTARY | A Manhattan Institute report offers strategies to revitalize such struggling cities as Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Pittsfield, Massachusetts; and Youngstown, Ohio.

Local News Is Dying, and Americans Have No Idea

While the industry nose-dives, a large majority of the country thinks it is doing great.

States Revamp Economic Development Incentives

COMMENTARY | Requirements for regular reviews to guide changes to state programs help ensure that they serve intended purposes.

Heartland Cities Are Stuck. Washington Can Help Them.

COMMENTARY | In an unprecedented era of winner-take-all urbanism, left-behind cities need federal help

Taking An 'All of the Above' Approach to Cope With Tech Disruption

The U.S. Conference of Mayors President on how he and his peers are helping residents confront the realities of today's economy—and what comes next.