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Kotkin on Smaller Metro Growth

Ian Scott on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 2:41:22 pm

In an article for Forbes last week, noted author and thinker on urban development, geography and demographics Joel Kotkin explains why he believes Americaís smaller metropolitan regions will grow more over the coming decades than our largest cities.  Examples of regions poised for growth are Raleigh/Durham, San Antonio, Salt Lake City and Calgary.

According to Kotkin, the key factors that drive growth are affordable housing, ease of doing business and short commute times.  This is food for thought as your chamber sets its regional development priorities.  While I donít dismiss anything Kotkin says, I happen to believe that universities, walkable downtowns, and cultural amenities also play a big role in a regionís long term growth and prosperity.

Read the article and see the Forbes list of North Americaís Fastest Growing Cities.

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