During the pandemic as schools shifted to virtual classes and daycares were closed, much attention was focused on adults unable to work since they needed to care for others. In October 2020, Heartland Forward published a blog post sharing that 5.34% of women were unable to work due to care arrangements, and women located in… Continue reading Heartland Men Care, Too
Heartland Patients Want to Hear From Nurses
It is more important to know what kind of a patient has the disease than what kind of a disease the patient has. ~Andrew R. Robinson, 1894 In retailing, the old adage for success is to train your employees that the customer is always right. In healthcare we have all heard that practitioners are trained… Continue reading Heartland Patients Want to Hear From Nurses
Championing the Doers – Philanthropy as a Toolkit for Economic Creation
As a 501c3 non-profit with the mission of improving economic outcomes in the middle of the country, we at Heartland Forward often find ourselves grappling with how our work, and indeed the giving of our philanthropists, can make the most impact. Lukas Walton, Founder and CEO of Builders Vision and Board Trustee, Walton Family Foundation,… Continue reading Championing the Doers – Philanthropy as a Toolkit for Economic Creation
A Deep Dive into NSF Regional Innovation Engine Applications: How We Can Use NSF’s Interactive Application Visualization to Learn More About the Heartland and Innovation
A few weeks after the deadline to submit concept outlines for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Regional Innovation Engines program, the economic development world received a pleasant surprise: NSF published an interactive visualization displaying the 679 submissions that advanced to the next round in the process. (Note: this visualization is embedded at the bottom of… Continue reading A Deep Dive into NSF Regional Innovation Engine Applications: How We Can Use NSF’s Interactive Application Visualization to Learn More About the Heartland and Innovation
Heartland States and Communities Advance Innovation and Economic Development With the Support of Massive Federal Funding
How Can Communities Maximize these Opportunities? Billions of federal funds are being delivered across the country for new programs, investments in local innovation and infrastructure improvements. What’s more is that much of these dollars are flowing directly to the American heartland. As a think-and-do tank with the mission to improve economic outcomes in the middle… Continue reading Heartland States and Communities Advance Innovation and Economic Development With the Support of Massive Federal Funding
Heartland Talent: Policy and Practice
Workforce development challenges have become perhaps the largest priority—trumping even job growth—for many areas of the heartland and particularly in smaller, growing metropolitan areas. Workforce initiatives traditionally have been federally funded and administered by state governments, sometimes creating overly staid systems not adaptable to meet local needs. Local economic development organizations can provide the bridge… Continue reading Heartland Talent: Policy and Practice
‘Silicon Heartland’: We Have Visualized It
Last week the heartland –and the country– welcomed some very exciting news. Intel Corp announced it would invest up to $100 billion to build potentially the world’s largest chip-making complex in Ohio. The project will bring an initial $20 billion investment; the largest in Ohio’s history on a 1,000-acre site that will create 3,000 permanent jobs on top of an estimated 7,000 construction jobs.
Hiring Yourself: Self-Employment and Opportunity Occupations in the Heartland
This is the third of three posts looking at the geographic variation in self-employment in the U.S. This looks at the relationship between self-employment rates and the percentage of employer jobs that qualify as opportunity occupations, in the heartland states exclusively.
Hiring Yourself: Industries Where Self-Employment has Expanded
This is the second of three posts looking at the geographic variation in self-employment in the U.S. This post specifically looks at self-employment rates in specific industries where self-employment options have expanded due to apps and new market models.
Hiring Yourself: How the Heartland Stacks Up
This is the first of three posts discussing self-employment and looking at the U.S. self- employment data. This post discusses self-employment in general and compares the rates in metro and non-metro areas of the heartland and non-heartland states.