Job-creation initiatives need good information about what skills are in demand. A program that searches want ads supplements traditional labor-market information.
What is the value of a visioning process? For one thing, a town’s planning decisions get more buy-in when residents know they have been heard. The author describes three successes.
A positive trend recorded before the financial crisis—when Providence’s Latino-owned businesses grew in number from 731 in 1997 to 2,999 in 2007—may hold promise for the future.