Economic development news

Praxis Strategy Group's analysis featured in Forbes article "Tech Hotbeds for STEM Jobs"
January 11, 2018
The conventional wisdom sees tech concentrating in a handful of places, many dense urban cores that offer the best jobs and draw talented young people. These places are seen as so powerful that, as The New York Times recently put it, they have little need to relate to other, less fashionable cities. To a considerable extent, that was true – until it wasn’t. The most recent data on STEM jobs – in science, technology, engineering or mathematics – suggests that tech jobs, with some exceptions, a…READ MORE >
Praxis's 2015 Metropolitan Tech-STEM Growth Index featured in Pittsburg Post Gazette
June 3, 2016
Yet another measure, the 2015 Metropolitan Tech-STEM Growth Index from Praxis Strategy Group, said San Jose grew its tech industry jobs 70.2 percent between 2004 and 2014 (second in the nation behind Austin, Texas, but from a much larger base to start with) compared with U.S. growth of 31 percent and Pittsburgh growth of 25.2 percent.…READ MORE >
Praxis Analysis Featured in Forbes article on "The Cities Where Your Salary Will Stretch The Furthest 2015"
November 19, 2015
Praxis Strategy Group conducted an analysis for Forbes of the 53 largest metropolitan statistical areas, adjusting annual earnings by a cost factor that combines median home values from the U.S. Census (20%) with a measure of regional price differences from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (80%). The takeaway: When cost of living is factored in, most of the metro areas that offer the highest effective pay turn out to be in the less glitzy middle part of the country.…READ MORE >
Praxis Analysis Featured in Forbes on "Cities Creating the Most Tech Jobs"
April 15, 2015
Praxis Strategy Group's research and analysis on which areas are creating tech jobs was featured in a Forbes article authored by Joel Kotkin and Mark Schill. At the top of our list is a group of cities that have long been identified with tech growth. Our No. 1 city, Austin, Texas, boasts the strongest expansion in tech sector employment of any of the nation’s 52 largest metropolitan areas from 2004 to 2014, 73.9%, as well as 36.4% growth in STEM jobs, the fourth-highest growth rate in the count…READ MORE >
Praxis Research Featured in Report on the "Rise of Nation States"
January 17, 2015
Praxis Stategy Group's research on regional growth was noted in a piece penned by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox for the Orange County Register. According to Praxis SG's Mark Schill, " half of the nation’s top fastest-growing tech economies" are in southern states, which Kotkin and Cox see a key note in the rise of a "resurgent U.S. Southeast and its burgeoning industrial base." According to Kotkin and Cox, the rise of state and regional economic solutions in the face of federal gridlock make "un…READ MORE >
Praxis Research Featured in Report on the Economic Future of New Orleans
February 18, 2014
Research by Praxis Strategy Group Inc., was featured in a new report on the economic future of New Orleans released on Feb. 14, 2014. Authored by Joel Kotkin for Greater New Orleans Inc., Sustaining Prosperty: A Long Term Vision for the New Orleans Region “captures the factors that have contributed to Greater New Orleans’ economic recovery and resiliency, identifies challenges that could gate growth, and makes recommendations for sustaining prosperity.” The study identifies five ke…READ MORE >
Praxis STEM Analysis Highlighted in Indianapolis Business Journal
January 8, 2014
Praxis Strategy Group's Mark Schill was featured in an Indianapolis Business Journal piece on the growth of science and technology jobs in Indiana. “Indianapolis is somewhat of a sponge city for the whole region,” said Mark Schill, vice president of research at Praxis Strategy Group, an economic development consultant in North Dakota. The situation in Indiana, Schill said, is common throughout the United States: States with one large city typically see their engineers, scientists and ot…READ MORE >
Praxis Trade Mission to Ghana Receives Media Attention
January 7, 2014
Praxis Strategy Group's January, 2014 trade mission to Ghana received mention in a Fargo Forum article discussing North Dakota's efforts to strengthen economic connections to the rapidly growing Ghanaian market. According to the Forum, "The North Dakota Trade Office is leading a multi-sector trade mission Jan. 16-23 to Accra, Ghana, to introduce North Dakota products to potential Ghanaian food producers... The trade delegation will include manufactures of ag equipment, grain storage a…READ MORE >
Richelle Matthews in The Futurist Magazine
March 11, 2013
Richelle was recently inteviewed by The Futurist for a piece about agricultural R&D and farming practices in Africa. Here's and excerpt: "And there is much room for improvement, according to Richelle Matthews, an associate with the Praxis Strategy Group, whose initiatives include working with farmers in Ghana. Many farmers in Africa’s underdeveloped parts unknowingly undermine their own productivity by using the wrong pesticides or fertilizers, for example, or by relying on outdated method…READ MORE >
Praxis Great Lakes Report Featured in the Wall Street Journal
May 2, 2012
The Wall Street Journal featured an excerpt from our recent report on the Great Lakes Region.The excerpt comes from another piece at The American featuring some of our migration analysis of cities in the region, titled "Right in the Middle: The Midwest’s Growth Lessons for America." The piece ran in the April 26th edition of the Wall Street Journal.  The report was also featured on, as sister site of RealClearPolitics. …READ MORE >
Red River Valley Research Corridor Unmanned Aircraft Systems Action Summit
March 30, 2012
We're organizing the Red River Valley Research Corridor's  Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Action Summit 2012 May 22-23 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota. This is the 6th UAS Summit since 2006 and the 22 Action Summit the Research Corridor has hosted since 2004. Our Action Summits are organized to create new technology partnerships for businesses and universities and build new trade linkages for regional economies. This year’s UAS Summit, “From …READ MORE >