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    Ohio’s metro economies: A 2016 election profile

    The city skyline is seen from the Mount Adams neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio July 2, 2013.

    Election watchers will turn toward Ohio next week, when the 2016 Republican National Convention commences in Cleveland.  Read More

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    Convention cities make exemplary stages to discuss America's racial divide

    A view of the downtown skyline in Philadelphia, February 12, 2015. The U.S.

    Events of the last week have made Cleveland, site of next week’s Republican National Convention, and Philadelphia, site of the following week’s Democratic National Convention, far more relevant to the nation’s political dialog than could have been anticipated even a month ago.  Read More

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    12 partnering tips for inclusive city growth

    The downtown Los Angeles skyline is seen on the hottest day of a three-day heatwave in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 20, 2016.

    Evidence from cities and regions around the world suggests that successful economic development works best through a “whole of society” approach. This implies building a capable state, efficient markets, and an involved civil society through city growth coalitions in order to execute collective action.  Read More

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    Achieving inclusive growth in cities

    Fighting inequality is not only a global and national concern; it is also very local,” remarked Ángel Gurría, secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), last month at the Washington launch of the OECD’s Inclusive Growth in Cities Campaign.

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    Massachusetts should limit noncompete pacts to spur growth

    Sail boats sit on a dock at the MIT Sailing Pavilion on the Charles River in front of the Boston skyline on cold winter day in Cambridge, Massachusetts January 8, 2015.

    Yesterday the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to limit Massachusetts companies’ use of noncompete agreements, at last sending reform legislation to the Senate. The Senate should pass the bill, or make it stronger, and in doing so add to the growing backlash against these employment pacts, which, in many states, bar technology workers and sometimes even hairdressers or fast food workers from taking jobs with competitors of their current employer. Workers’ advocates are absolutely right to blast the agreements as unfair intrusions on workers’ rights, as I recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal.  Read More

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    The force of demography on presidential elections from 2016 to 2032

    The 2016 presidential election and the all-important Electoral College will be heavily impacted by the nation's changing demography— its increasing racial diversity, aging largely white Baby Boom population, and uneven population shifts between Snow Belt states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan and Sun Belt states like Arizona, Georgia, and Texas.  Read More

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    Diversity defines the millennial generation

    Racial diversity will be the most defining and impactful characteristic of the millennial generation. Newly released 2015 Census data points to millennials’ role in transitioning America to the “majority minority” nation it is becoming.  Read More

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    Metropolitan Lens: Youth employment in the Washington, D.C. region

    A diner sits next to a help wanted sign at a McDonalds restaurant in the Brooklyn borough of New York, March 7, 2014.

    In a recent analysis, I highlighted how employment and disconnection among young people vary by age, race, and place. In this podcast, I dig deeper into the data on the Washington, D.C. region. Although the area generally performs well on employment measures, not all young people are faring equally well.  Read More

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    The sun still rises: London after Brexit

    Dawn breaks behind the Houses of Parliament and the statue of Winston Churchill in Westminster, London.

    London’s position as global city will not necessarily be substantially threatened by the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union, but it will require some very important adjustments and confident negotiations, starting right now.  Read More

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    Title II, cities, and the broadband agenda ahead

    A Google Fiber technician strips back covering from a fiber optic cable at a residential home as part of Google Fiber services in Provo, Utah, January 2, 2014.

    The recent Court of Appeals decision upholding the FCC decision to classify broadband providers as common carriers is a huge personal victory for President Obama and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. It’s also a huge institutional victory for the FCC, establishing a clear foundation for it to establish rules for communications networks in the broadband era.  Read More

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