Cities

July 9, 2013

Ran across this article from The Atlantic Cities and found it very interesting:

“Is Sioux Falls, South Dakota, The Next Boom Town  July 2, 2013 by Amy Sullivan

Official seal of City of Sioux Falls

Official seal of City of Sioux Falls (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Notes From the Article:

The unemployment rate in Sioux Falls is currently 3.5%. The downside is that they city coffers keep growing but it makes it more difficult to provide services for all the city’s new residents. Also, making sure unemployment rates don’t scare away employer’s who worry they can’t fill positions. I find this next information fascinating about Sioux Falls. The city currently has four legs for economic development: Banking, Retail and Tourism, Agriculture and finally Healthcare.

Question to Ponder for City Officials: 

Are you building more legs on your economic development stool?

Another Question to Ponder for Growing Cities:

How do you handle the challenges of absorbing thousands of people every year?

More interesting information from Sioux Falls, South Dakota:

The City Council in Sioux Falls insists that they have at least 25% of their operating expenses in a reserve fund every year. Right now they are at 36%

July 10, 2013

This article is from Omaha.com about a repurposed rail line:

“Repurposed Omaha Rail Line Would Include Light Rail System, Trail,”

This article is highly recommended not just for the article but for the comments. I normally don’t read comments but the disparity of people that think this is a wise idea as compared to other ideas about traffic are very interesting. I have never been to Omaha but I believe the vision is what is important here. I don’t know if this is a wise use of taxpayer funds but I appreciate them looking into it.

July 11, 2013

This is from The Atlantic Cities Site July 3, 2013 by Eric Jaffe

“How Sunshine Shapes Cities’ Population Growth In One Chart,”

I found this following information from the article very interesting and worth sharing.

“Between 1920 and 1980, every 1 percent rise in January temperature led to an expected growth rate of 2.3 percent for a given state. The 25 states with mean temperatures below 30 degrees grew 95% in population, on average, during this time, the 25 states above that mean temperature grew 309 percent.”

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