Entries by Joel Kotkin and Mark Schill

The Uncelebrated Places Where America’s Farm Economy Is Thriving

Appearing in: Forbes We consume their products every day but economists give them little attention, and perhaps not enough respect. Yet America’s agriculture sector is not only the country’s oldest economic pillar but still a vital one, accounting for some 3.75 million jobs — not only in the fields, but in factories, laboratories and distribution. That compares […]

America’s Smartest Cities

Appearing in: Forbes In this difficult recovery, many of the strongest local economies have been those with a high share of educated people in their workforce, particularly areas where technology companies and other knowledge-based industries are growing most rapidly. To determine the metro areas that are gaining brainpower in the 21stCentury, we scored the nation’s […]

A Map Of America’s Future: Where Growth Will Be Over The Next Decade

Appearing in: Forbes The world’s biggest and most dynamic economy derives its strength and resilience from its geographic diversity. Economically, at least, America is not a single country. It is a collection of seven nations and three quasi-independent city-states, each with its own tastes, proclivities, resources and problems. These nations compete with one another – […]

Listing the Best Places Lists: Perception Versus Reality

Often best places lists reflect as much on what’s being measured, and who is being measured as on the inherent advantages of any locale. Some cities that have grown rapidly in jobs, for example, often do not do as well if the indicator has more to do with perceived “quality” of employment. Take places like […]