does economic development mean? Does it mean enacting public policy to promote
long-term productivity growth, or does it mean enacting public policy to lure
private investment? The answer to this question matters—a lot.
you ever wondered about the size of the “daytime” population in your area? If you’re not familiar with the concept, daytime
population refers to all the people who are typically present in an area during
normal business hours, and may include the following: workers, children in
school, people staying temporarily in hospitals or hotels/motels, customers in
retail facilities, and non-commuters (i.e.,
people who are not employed outside their homes). Resident population, on the other hand,
refers to people who live in a particular area and are usually present during
the evening or overnight hours. Daytime
population is an important concern for planners concerned with transportation and
public safety issues, such as disaster relief operations.
U.S. Census Bureau has provided information on resident population for over 200
years, but only recently got into the business of estimating daytime
population, or more specifically, commuter-adjusted daytime population.
As the kids note in the recent AT&T commercial
“faster is better.” But is that always
true? In ranking regional economies,
faster population growth is considered better.
However, when economies are struggling to create jobs, a slower pace of
growth may actually be an advantage.
you ever had one of those moments when you are engaged in a discussion or
activity with another person, and something is said, or happens, and you
realize…”wow…can’t quite believe what I just heard or saw….hmmm…maybe this is a
Well, I had one of those just the other day. Let me set the stage…it’s been a really busy
couple of months. Lots of work demands
and very hectic personal life too.
Stress level is high, which for me means a tight neck, shoulders, and
jaws. I desperately need a massage and
have one scheduled for after work – just can’t wait.
So, it’s about 30 minutes into my 60 minute massage, I’m
finally relaxing and I’m having a benign conversation about jury duty with the
massage therapist. At some point, she
mentions that she gets called a lot for jury duty and it is hugely disruptive
to her work schedule. She further posits
that because it is so disruptive to people who work she thinks that the only
people who should get called for jury duty are “retired people and people on
Pardon me…did I hear what I think I just heard or did I
imagine that while listening to the sound of a babbling brook running through a
forest of rustling leaves while an acoustic guitar plays on the spa’s CD player?
So, my relaxing, self-indulgent massage suddenly transformed
into a teachable moment…