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John Austin

Workforce "Ally-Shoring" Brings Benefits across Borders

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The Hill
John Austin

John Austin argues that a skilled and mobile workforce, as part of a U.S.-Mexico “ally-shoring” framework, can help address chronic vacancies in both countries.

Biden meets with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at the White House on July 12, 2022.
Reuters
Global Economy, Trade and Business

Quality of Life and Place as Economic Development

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Reimagining Civic Commons
John Austin

John Austin and Amanda Weinstein discuss the power of investments in quality of life & place-making to revitalize communities.

A Brown Line train rides along the CTA rails in Chicago.
Global Cities

Peloton Focuses on Where the Money Is: Subscriptions

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NPR's Marketplace
John Austin

With Peloton outsourcing production of its bikes and treadmills, John Austin explains the advantages of the move.

A Peloton stationary bike sits on display.
Reuters
Global Economy, Trade and Business

Industrial Transition and Democracy

In the News
EU Assembly of Regional and Local Representatives
John Austin

John Austin joined the European Committee of the Regions to discuss the link between populism and place, and how populism grows in deindustrialized regions.

A truck part with a "for sale" sign sits on the ground in Marshalltown, Iowa, March 8, 2015.
Reuters
Global Economy, Trade and Business

We Should Only Be Trading with Our Allies

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Newsweek
John Austin

To tackle the political and economic inflation emergency, "it will require leaning in to trade relationships with friends and allies we trust."

U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the Japan-U.S.-Australia-India Quad Fellowship Founding Celebration event in Tokyo on May 24, 2022.
Reuters
Global Economy, Trade and Business

Industrial Heartland Renewal Can Diminish "Strong Men"

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Global Insight by John Austin

Geographically targeted economic development strategies can serve as an antidote to political extremism in formerly industrial regions.

Industrial works silhouetted with a Ferris Wheel in Ruhr, Essen, Germany.
Florian Wächter
Global Economy, Trade and Business

New Paths to Heartland Prosperity Can Change Our Politics

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The National Interest
John Austin

“Transatlantic effort to accelerate economic change in industrial heartland regions has huge implications,” cowrites John Austin in the National Interest.

Smokestacks on the horizon of a field with stormy skies.
Ronnie Fleming
Global Cities

How to Really Revive the Rust Belt

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Daily Detroit
John Austin

Improvements to quality of life over "business friendliness" are key to rebuilding the rust belt. John Austin discusses on Daily Detroit.

A playground in the summer in Corktown, Detroit.
Vasenka
Global Cities

Struggling Regions Need a Leg Up in Infrastructure Funds

In the News
Governing
Coauthors

“Repaired and updated infrastructure-based amenities should train their focus on distressed communities first,” write John Austin and Alex Hitch in Governing.

The Big Four railroad bridge in Jefferson, Missouri.
H. Michael Miley
Global Economy, Trade and Business

Ally-shore to Restore US Economic Leadership, Protect Democracy

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Our Towns
John Austin

“By centering our economic and trade relations with our friends, we can drive a more powerful collective recovery,” writes John Austin in Our Towns.

Secretary Blinken Meets With Republic of Cyprus Foreign Minister.
Freddie Everett
US Foreign Policy