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Since 2010, no U.S. state has come close to matching the population boom in North Dakota. Numbers in that state have jumped by close to 8 percent — more than three times the U.S. average.
“I never thought I would read the words, ‘The highest population growth … was in North Dakota,’” Joel Kotkin said during his keynote speech at the Midwestern Legislative Conference Annual Meeting. “It’s just an astounding statistic.”
The state’s oil and gas boom has largely fueled the recent migration patterns, but in his July presentation to the region’s state and provincial legislators, Kotkin argued that there is also more to the story. A mix of economic, demographic and technological realities has made North Dakota and many other parts of the Midwest more alluring destinations for individuals, families and businesses.
“We’re seeing a demographic shift along with the economic shift,” he said. “People are reconsidering their options. Where are they going to live? Where do they want to be?”
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Concerned about the economic impact of a proposed fee increase on truck shipments moving across the U.S.-Canada border, the Midwest’s state and provincial legislators are urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reconsider the plan.
The Midwestern Legislative Conference adopted the resolution on the final day of its four-day Annual Meeting in Nebraska. It originated from the MLC’s Midwest-Canada Relations Committee, which met on the first day of the meeting.

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA—The future of the country’s economic success appears to be a team effort. “One of the most important keys to our national growth and economic success is supporting a highly trained workforce,” West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said at CSG’s Policy Academy on Workforce Development, held Aug. 9 at the CSG National and CSG West Annual Conference in Alaska. “Education is the number one qualifier for jobs of today and tomorrow.”

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges the U.S. Congress to pass reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank before the current authorization extension expires September, 2014.

Just as growing a garden requires tending, so, too, does growing the businesses that fuel a state’s economy. That was the message of experts at the CSG West Economic Development and Trade Committee session Saturday.

While many states attempt to lure big companies, in most cases, this comes with a high price tag for state governments in the form of expensive incentives.

That’s why Oklahoma started a program to support small startup companies.

America’s economic engine is fueled by intellectual property rights, which drive innovation and protect consumers. Innovative and creative companies perform better and contribute more to local economies than their counterparts. The direct and indirect economic impacts account for more than 40 percent of U.S. economic growth and employment, 40 million American jobs, 30 percent higher wages and 74 percent of total exports. This session highlighted the latest developments in intellectual property and how they affect your state.

In today’s knowledge-based global economy, economic development is contingent on innovation that creates jobs and stimulates competition in the global marketplace. Safeguarding intellectual property rights behind this innovation incentivizes the innovators and creators, attracts world-class research and development, and creates and sustains high-quality jobs. This session featured leading trade experts who will discuss the hot topics in global innovation and intellectual property.

After years of American companies sending jobs to other countries, recent trends suggest a surge in training workers at home and keeping production in the United States. Some manufacturers are bringing jobs back from overseas, a trend that many find hopeful for our economy. New hires topped 3 million in less than 2 years, with almost 2 million new workers coming on board in 2011. This policy academy addressed education and training to support American workers so they are the best-trained workforce in the world; ensuring efficiency and productivity by workers in domestic businesses; business incentives to invest in hiring and expanding; and technical support so companies can grow and expand.

SLC's latest Issue Alert examines how, even though the relative importance of agriculture and agriculture-related industries in the overall U.S. economy has diminished in recent years, the sector continues to be a critical component of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP). In 2012, the latest year available, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that the sector contributed $775.8 billion toward GDP, a 4.8 percent share; the output of the nation's farms alone totaled $166.9 billion in 2012.