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Getting Ahead of the Aging Curve

Preparing for Demographic Change in Rural America Reprinted from the Small Town & Rural Planning newsletter, Fall 2016. The other night, Planning Commission was looking at demographics in our rural county of about 12,000, with a touch of skepticism.  Archuleta … Continue reading

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Mega-polis Times 10

The U.S. Census Bureau has released current population estimates for U.S. cities and towns.  Their PR: Ten U.S. Cities Now Have 1 Million People or More Half the Top 10 Gainers This Year in Texas San Jose, Calif., is now … Continue reading

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Livability Index: AARP Contributes a Tool Box of Community Indicators

If you create a city that’s good for an 8 year old and good for an 80 year old, you will create a successful city for everyone. — 8-80 Cities A well-designed place works for all of its residents, from … Continue reading

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Rural America is Growing—Except Where It Isn’t

The Bakken is booming.  New US Census Bureau population estimates indicate that 7 out of the dozen fastest growing counties in the United States over the last four years are in the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana.  Yes, … Continue reading

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Gen X: Stuck in the Middle with Me

Pew Research Center posted an interesting look at my fellow travelers in “Generation X”.  We’re the 34-49 year-olds sandwiched between the younger Boomers and older Millenials, both oversized and over-covered in the media.  We are, they point out, the middle child … Continue reading

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Talking About the Economic Census

An interesting video bit of PR from the Census Bureau on the 2012 Economic Census: How folks in business, economic and political leaders use economic statistics.  A bit geeky, like dancing about architecture… .

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2012 Economic Census First Look

We’re getting an advance view of the US Census Bureau’s 2012 Economic Census results. The mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction sector of the economy showed tremendous growth from 2007 to 2012 as the number of establishments rose by … Continue reading

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Symposium on Small Towns Set for June

The Center for Small Towns of the University of Minnesota at Morris presents an excellent conference each spring on small town and rural issues.  This is where I met Ben Winchester for the first time and started learning about his … Continue reading

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Back to the Buffalo Commons

After years of outmigration, people are moving back to the Great Plains, the vast dry expanse of prairie once discounted as the Great American Desert.  Today our desert is giving Middle East deserts a run for their oil money with … Continue reading

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Downtown the Metro Place To Be

US Census Bureau reports:  Populations Increasing in Many Downtowns A U.S. Census Bureau report released today shows that in many of the largest cities of the most-populous metro areas, downtown is becoming a place not only to work but also … Continue reading

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