Economic Development

Senate Package Has $3B for Communities Cut Apart by Highways

The “neighborhood access and equity grants” would supplement earlier funding in the infrastructure law and could go towards a range of projects. About a third of the money is earmarked for lower-income areas.

Feds Announce 32 Winners for $500M in Workforce Grants

The program is funded through the American Rescue Plan. Its goal is to expand job training programs for 15 key sectors, including energy, health care, manufacturing and information technology.

Why Cities and Towns See a Huge Economic Opportunity in the Semiconductor Bill

As the legislation cleared the Senate on Wednesday, local leaders from tiny Taylor, Texas, to metropolitan Phoenix were eying the investment and jobs it could bring to their communities.

Senate Set to Approve Over $50B to Expand Semiconductor Production

Mayors and local leaders hope the subsidies will create more than 1 million jobs nationwide over six years.

It’s Time for a New Development Strategy in Coal Country

COMMENTARY | The Ohio River Valley region of Appalachia has long been a political stumbling block in the national climate debate. But with the right resources, it can become a global leader of the new energy economy and a more sustainable future.

The Best and Worst States for Business

One southern state tops a new set of rankings, while another one came in last. Where does your state score among the 50?

The Latest State to Notch a Win in the Race to Attract EV Factories

The deal will involve building a new $4 billion electric vehicle battery plant with 4,000 jobs. Like others in recent months, it involves hundreds of millions of dollars in tax incentives.

One of the Nation's Biggest Cities Begins Cash Payments to Low-Income Residents

For the next year, Chicago plans to distribute $500 a month to thousands of households who can use the money as they see fit.

Energy-Producing States Lag in Latest Economic Numbers

Energy companies, short of workers, aren’t ready to increase production.

Infrastructure Tops Mayors’ Concerns for 2nd Year

The National League of Cities’ analysis of local leaders’ speeches finds renewed interest in maintenance and construction projects, and worries about how they will handle billions in new federal dollars.

Here Are the US Cities That Will Host World Cup Soccer Matches in 2026

Twenty-two locations were in the running for the high-profile tournament, 16 across the U.S., Canada and Mexico won out.

Biden Wants to Send Extra Community Development Grants to Underserved Neighborhoods

The president is proposing a $195 million Community Development Block Grant carveout for 100 of the nation's most disadvantaged communities. But there are questions about how much difference the money can make.

A Bike Advocate Mayor on a Mission to Create ‘People-oriented’ Streets

Emeryville, California Mayor John Bauters, who has gained notice for his punchy tweets about cycling and pedestrian issues, explains his broader vision for transforming the city.

How a Virginia County Wooed Amazon and Boeing

It takes more than tax breaks to get big tech companies to move to a locality, government officials say.

New Program Aims to Help Rural America Tap More Federal Funding

The Biden administration initiative is starting in five states and there are plans to expand it.

Ideas to Counter a Thinning Workforce

A new report from a labor market data company offers some recommendations as retirements and other factors lead to employee shortages.

Seaweed Farming Has Vast Potential (But Good Luck Getting a Permit)

Most coastal states have little experience with ocean farms and some are trying to ease the permitting process.

Why California's Power to Regulate Auto Pollution Matters Nationwide

As the state regains the ability to set tailpipe standards stricter than the federal government's, it could have far-reaching effects.

In the Race to Win Electric Vehicle Factories, States Are Handing Out Big Incentives at Lightning Speed

Tax breaks are often controversial, but states are doling out a lot of them—plus land, infrastructure improvements and more—to lure manufacturers in this burgeoning industry.