Opportunity Zones jumped into the world of economic development with much fanfare last year seen as the key to addressing substantial income inequality in both urban and rural communities.  There can be no doubt that many Opportunity Zone Funds have been formed but many more communities, developers and companies are still seeking investment. Hundreds if […]

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Reviewing demographic and workforce data is an important economic measure for a corporate site location analysis.  Regions with an increasing population base and a group of younger workers illustrate growing communities.  Homeownership rates and home value illustrate stability in a community but also whether it is affordable.  The percentage of citizens over 25 with a […]

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Toronto, Canada is a modern mega-city on the economic rise that not only operates at the economic epicenter of Canada but as a major advanced services economic base.  While trade battles tend to dominate the headlines, Canada itself remains the largest trading partner with the United States and has a major economic footprint for a […]

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A common misperception is that a big bag of tax incentives is the key to communities gaining large scale corporate site location projects. Incentives matter but they are the “icing and not the cake.”  Successful corporate site location projects often begin with the development of a site built through a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP). Site development projects […]

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Recent attention focus’ on the challenges of Legacy City’s—communities who have not recovered from the loss of industrial jobs.  While former industrial giants like Ohio continue to transform and grow, other than the Columbus and Cincinnati regions, most other regions in the state are not producing the jobs the population needs to succeed.  As the […]

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