One big takeaway from your article for me: prosperous college towns are a big part of the solution…
Doug Turnbull
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I agree. Prosperous college towns — especially ones in otherwise post-industrial rural areas like central Virginia — can definitely help in creating the right attractive forces for talent, and thus, job creation. In prior times, access to cheap commercial property might have been attractive in itself, but especially for the new digital and service economies, that just won’t make a difference anymore. The attractive forces need to be quality-of-life, cost-of-living, and entrepreneurial infrastructure, including an active community of existing employers which create the right network effects.

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