The Economics of Geography: Cities, Growth, and Economic Development
Why do some cities thrive while others struggle? That was the question considered by more than 140 civic and business leaders, researchers, educators, and economic development professionals who gathered at the Economics of Geography: Cities, Growth, and Economic Development conference, hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. The first day, economic researchers looked at ?big picture? issues such as the relationship between IT adoption and the education level of a city’s workforce; the gentrification of urban centers; the role of cities as idea generators; the relationship between new plant openings and productivity at incumbent plants; the effects of tax and other business incentives; and enterprise zones and resident employment. On the second day, business and civic leaders discussed the need for regional collaboration, what drives innovation, and how their economic development efforts have fared.