Summer 2015: Economic Competitiveness

As the U.S. continues to recover from the 2007-2009 recession, it is becoming clear that most of today's job creation is happening in major metropolitan areas, especially in their central cities. As start-ups, entrepreneurs, and young talent gravitate toward walkable urban areas, many communities are trying to stay competitive by implementing safe bicycle routes, public transportation, and pedestrian-focused neighborhoods with street vitality.

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As the U.S. recovers from the recession, city centers are seeing that smart growth, like walkability and access to transit, is linked to job growth.

To draw millennials, employers choose locations in vibrant, walkable centers.

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® honors seven local REALTOR® associations with NAR Community Outreach Awards.


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