Metro GDP numbers were recently released. Here are a couple of highlights. Tech Dominates. San Jose is the fastest growing large metro in the country (for the third straight year. San Francisco, Raleigh, Austin and Seattle (all tech hubs) round out the top five. Oil Booms also Bust. In prior years, Houston was near the top of this list, and oil put it there. With lower oil prices, once hot metros like Houston, Oklahoma City have cooled. Even Dallas' growth has slowed from rec
It is not often that potential economic development deals reach the top of the national news, but Amazon’s announcement that they will be looking for a second headquarters did just that. In case you missed it, Amazon announced they were asking large metros (with at least 1 million people) in North America to submit requests for proposal to be their second home. There are 53 such metros in the U.S. and an additional 6 in Canada. Amazon expects this development would employ 50,
I have had the pleasure to work with the Clay County Economic Development Council as they begin to plan for the future. Last month I gave a demographic and economic presentation that gives the Council a good understanding of where the County is today and what strengths they can build on in the future.