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Growth in America is Tilting Toward Smaller Cities

by Joel Kotkin and Michael Shires – We are often told that America’s future lies in our big cities. That may no longer be entirely true. Some of the strongest job creation and population growth is now occurring in smaller cities of 1 million people or less.
Photo credit: Nashville Skyline by Peter Miller

Finance Flies West, and South

The recently announced departure of New York City-based Alliance Bernstein for Nashville, taking more than 1,000 jobs with it, suggests a potential loosening of New York’s iron grip on the financial-services industry. Other forces are at work, too, notably demographic shifts to Sunbelt states and the growing influence of technology companies on finance.
Big Tex is reflected in Simone Elices' sunglasses in Dallas on Sept. 23, 2016. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)

The Best Cities For Jobs 2018: Dallas And Austin Lead The Surging South

by Joel Kotkin and Michael Shires — Among America’s largest metropolitan areas, the economic leaders come in two flavors: Southern-fried and West Coast organic. The first group flourishes across a broad range of industries, fed by strong domestic in-migration and a friendly business climate.

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Orange County Focus

How can Orange County become a better place to live for all of its residents? Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky explore the challenges and solutions in Orange County Focus: Forging Our Common Future, a research brief from Chapman University’s Center for Demographics and Policy.
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Localism In America

Edited by Joel Kotkin and Ryan Streeter, a new report on “Localism in America” is a collection of essays from AEI and the Center for Opportunity for Urbanism.

The report highlights ideas and proposals from writers of diverse ideological backgrounds about the promise and limits of taking on big challenges at the local level.

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