Perspective: Housing shortages are really neighborhood problems

A shortage of local housing options is one of the more frequent concerns I hear from elected leaders in the Midwest. The lament is often too few executive homes, or is a shortage of middle-income homes, or low-income housing. While all these concerns may be true, lack of housing is a symptom of a deeper…

Perspective: Most Indiana counties should stop pursuing economic growth

Indiana‚Äôs economy is performing well these days, but growth is very uneven. From 1990 to 2017, the greater Indianapolis area gained 323,200 jobs, while the rest of the state experienced employment growth of only 291,500 jobs. That means the metro area with only 29 percent of the population enjoyed 53 percent of job growth. In…

Economic development problems are at local, not state level

The Center for Business and Economic Research recently released a study explaining the generally disappointing results of local economic development efforts in Indiana. It is worth reading in whole, but the gist of it ought to be part of the local discussion about efforts to attract jobs and households. The eye catching part of the…