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Quality of Life in the MidwestAmanda Weinstein
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"Could quality of life improvements help revitalize the Midwest?" Wisconsin Public Radio with Host Rob Ferrett

What makes someone want to live in a community: jobs or things that improve their quality of life, like schools, public transit and natural amenities? We talk to one of the authors of new research from Brookings that says, for this generation, it's the latter, and it could be a path towards revitalization in the Midwest.

Selected Media

"Creating a Culture of Connection: In Macon, community and civic leaders are investing in the civic commons to connect neighborhoods–and people — to each other." Medium, June 27, 2023.

"Middle America's Doom 'Doom Loop'." Business Insider, June 22, 2023.

"Ohio Using Quality of Life As Economic Development Tool." Ohio City and County Management Association, January 3, 2023.

"Promoting Economic Participation through Regional Equity” SF Fed Blog, August 10, 2022

"Trying to measure the effect of abortion bans on our economy" Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, August 3, 2022

"5 ways climate change will cost Ohio taxpayers plenty" The Columbus Dispatch, July 22, 2022

"Quality of Life and Place as Economic Development: 5 Questions with Amanda Weinstein and John Austin" Medium, July 19, 2022

"Why High-Earning Mothers Do More Household Chores" Finance Buzz, July 13, 2022

"Could quality of life improvements help revitalize the Midwest?" Wisconsin Public Radio, March 14, 2022

"Tire Shortage Inflating Prices for Dealers and Customers" ClevelandNews5, Feb 11,2022

"City council caught off guard after mayor says ice fishing shanties may lead to prostitution" Akron Beacon Journal, Feb 9, 2022

"Improving quality of life—not just business—is the best path to Midwestern rejuvenation" Brookings, Jan 26, 2022

"Opinion: Auburn vs. College Station, Greeley vs. Flagstaff — the surprising differences in where men and women prefer to live" MarketWatch, Dec 31, 2021

There's Never Been a Better Case For Paid Parental Leave — and We Still Won't Get It” POPSUGAR, Oct 28, 2021

10 Years Later: No Gusher of Jobs” Business Journal, September, 2021

Michael Hicks: Reemergence of inflation risk is not an idle worry” Kokomo Tribune, Aug 10, 2021

The Delta variant has unemployed Americans begging for more help. DC isn't doing anything” Business Insider, August 1, 2021

Advocates say energy efficiency — not gas — offers Appalachia best economic prospects” Energy News Network, July 23, 2021

Greene County works toward sustainable economic drivers” Pittsburgh Business Times, July 20, 2021

New reports make case that natural gas production boom was a bust for Appalachia, urge economic transition” Charleston Gazette, July 21, 2021

Renting in Greater Akron: Rising prices and lots of competition as pandemic eases” Akron Beacon Journal, July 8, 2021

Economic Outlook in Northeast Ohio” Forum 360, June 2021

"Q&A: The Suburban Women Problem, A New Podcast Out Of Northeast Ohio" Ideastream, May 12, 2021

As the overall job market stumbles back, women still struggle to recover lost employment” NBC News, May 7, 2021

Suburban women helped Biden, Democrats win. This group wants to keep it that way” NBCNews, April 29, 2021

Locked out? Akron-area millennials face high prices, short supply in quest to buy first home” Akron Beacon Journal, March 25, 2021

How empowering women can help corporations build back better” Wartsila, March 17, 2021

Northeast Ohio Homebuyers Could Get Some Help from Biden Proposal” WKSU January 20, 2021

As Biden Unveils Bold Relief Plan, US Economy Faces Threat From Trump’s Impeachment” Yahoo Money, January 15, 2021

Bye, 2020. University of Akron professors share expectations for life in 2021” Akron Beacon Journal, December 22, 2020

Retailers are working harder, smarter to pivot from traditional strategies as pandemic lingers” Crain’s Cleveland, November 28, 2020

 “Bartenders and waiters struggle on, eight months into the pandemic” Columbus Dispatch, November 17, 2020

Coronavirus in Ohio: Small retailers face uncertainty headed into the holiday shopping season” Columbus Dispatch, November 15, 2020

Used car sales are way up and inventory is down; good time to sell your car” News5Cleveland, August 20, 2020

Federal agency touts petrochemical plant, experts say not so fast” Columbus Dispatch, July 2, 2020

An Unequal Recession: Why America’s Record Unemployment Is Impacting Women & Minorities the Most” FootwearNews, June 16, 2020

Cracker plant won’t bring petrochemical jobs boom to Ohio, experts warn” Columbus Dispatch, June 15, 2020

Restaurants see delivery services as savior and ‘scourge’ during pandemic” Columbus Dispatch, May 30, 2020

Lack of office workers devastates Downtown restaurants” Columbus Dispatch, May 27, 2020

U.S. shale bust slams rural economies as oil checks shrivel” Reuters, May 22, 2020

Women, young workers hit hard by coronavirus unemployment” Cleveland.Com, May 22, 2020

Becoming The Majority Of The Workforce Is Not A Positive Step For Women” Forbes, February 4, 2020

Women Are Now the Majority of the U.S. Workforce — But Working Women Still Face Serious Challenges” TIME, January 16, 2020

Study: Colorado homes near oil wells face lower values” AP News, December 9, 2019

Colorado homes near oil wells face lower values, new study finds” The Denver Post, December 8, 2019

Is Black Friday Losing its Pizazz?” WKSU, November 29, 2019

Professor looks into how drilling impacts the housing market” Marietta Times, November 18, 2019

Report: Oil, Gas Drilling Impacts Housing Prices” The Intelligencer, November 17, 2019

Kmart Closing All Remaining Ohio Stores” Ideastream, November 12, 2019

Empower the VA with the tools to help our veterans” The Hill, August 6, 2019

Research Finds Veterans Earn More than Non-veterans” MilitaryTimes, July 31, 2019

UA Study: Veterans Face Ups and Downs Finding Jobs” WKSU, July 29, 2019

Military veterans earn more money than non-veterans” Akron Beacon Journal, July 23, 2019

From $15-an-hour jobs to same-day shipping: What Amazon’s Akron fulfillment center could mean for you” Akron Beacon Journal, July 22, 2019

How 3 Skill Sets Explain U.S. Economic Geography” CityLab, July 16, 2019

Lordstown, Ohio Ponders Life after General Motors’ Departure” Fox News, March 13, 2019

Study Shows Ohio Economies Not Seeing Impact of Drilling” WOSU, February 18, 2019

Study: Drilling Could Stifle other Business in Marcellus Region” Akron Beacon Journal, February 18, 2019

When More Women Join the Workforce, Wages Rise — Including for Men” Harvard Business Review, January 31, 2018

Entrepreneurship growing faster among single women than married women, men” Atlanta Business Chronicle, February 11, 2016

Akron Looks to Increase its Population” Akron Beacon Journal Article, January 24, 2016

10 Worst States for Military Retirees: 2015” ThinkAdvisor, May 21, 2015

Summit County Population Remains Stagnant, Census Bureau Says” Akron Beacon Journal article, March 26, 2015

Once temples of American commerce, indoor malls lose shoppers to e-stores” PBS Newshour interview on November 28, 2014

Great Lakes Now Connect: Investing in Nature” invited by the Nature Conservancy to participate as a panelist on the Detroit Public Television episode, August 13, 2013

Ohio Easily Absorbs New Gas Workers” WOSU radio interview July 10, 2013

“Community Economic Development” Town Hall Ohio radio interview with the Ohio Farm Bureau, January 21, 2013

“The Economic Value of Shale Natural Gas in Ohio” Radio interview with Ed Ferenc on America’s Workforce Radio about the release of the policy brief on January 20, 2012

Shale Gas Will Not Create 200,000 Ohio Jobs by 2015, OSU Says of Industry Claims” The Plain Dealer article, reports on policy brief with Mark Partridge, December 16, 2011

Study Doubts Shale Gas Will Be Job Gusher” The Columbus Dispatch front-page story, about policy brief with Mark Partridge, December 15, 2011

OSU Study: State Needs to Refocus Green Initiatives?” Columbus Business First report, discusses policy brief with Mark Partridge, January 19, 2011

Ohio in Prime Position to Fill Green Energy Gaps” OSU Extension story, January 18, 2011

OSU Analysis: State’s Green Energy Efforts Unlikely to Create Large Numbers of New Jobs” Radio interview with WOSU NPR News September 15, 2010

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