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County migration and population trends in the West are constantly changing due to demographic and economic forces. We summarize the counties according to four typologies: high-wage services, farm-dependent, oil and natural gas boom, and retirement destinations.
This report examines whether the Tongass National Forest’s Transition Framework, which proposed a “new path forward,” is working to enhance economic opportunities for southeast Alaska communities while conserving the National Forest.
It’s time to create a natural resources trust. Unlike most countries and state governments, the U.S. has not created a natural resources trust. This essay uses timber and offshore payments to show how a fund would work to meet volatility and spending challenges.
UPDATED: Research on county payments, including analysis and spreadsheet of how just-passed federal budget bill would impact every county in nation.
Explore the four county types and their migration and natural population change (births and deaths).
INSIGHT, Dec. 4, 2014: Understanding the local economy, and how it compares to peers, is a crucial part of smart community and economic development. Headwaters Economics just uploaded the latest data (through 2013) from the Bureau of Economic Analysis for every county in the nation.
INSIGHT, Nov. 20, 2014: How can communities measure and take advantage of the economic impacts of nearby outdoor recreation activities on public lands?
INSIGHT, Nov. 17, 2014: Getting the economics right is important for communities to compete in a modern economy. We’ve created a number of tools to help rural, western communities better understand current trends as well as the role of the nearby National Forest or other public lands.
INSIGHT, Nov. 13, 2014: Compared to other nations and even U.S. states, the federal government is a conspicuous laggard in creating a natural resources trust which would allow for stable, permanent, and ever rising payments to states and local governments without risks to taxpayers.
INSIGHT, Oct. 30, 2014: It’s All Hallow’s Eve, so we decided to look at western counties where the dead most recently were living. But a high death rate does not mean a county is faring poorly. Like most things, it’s complicated.