Look out, Silicon Valley.
Read the report from Brookings here, which notes the success Rust Belt cities have had in attracting skilled immigrants.
The report notes:
“Perhaps most notable is the very high concentration of high-skilled immigrants in older industrial metro areas in the Midwest and Northeast such as Albany, Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Syracuse. Detroit, for instance, has 144 high-skilled immigrants for every 100 low-skilled immigrants. Immigrants in these metropolitan areas tilt toward high-skill because they blend earlier arriving cohorts who have had time to complete higher education with newcomers entering who can fit into the labor market because of their high educational attainment. Several of the cities in these metropolitan areas also campaign to attract and retain immigrants, signaling appreciation for the small number of high-skilled immigrants they do have.”
The folks at Brookings released a report Monday on the importance of exports to the economies of Great Lakes cities.
Among the findings:
– Exports support 1.95 million jobs in Great Lakes metros
– Cities in this region have some of the highest volumes (dollar-wise) of exports and the greatest reliance on exports. Out of the nation’s top 100 metro areas, Chicago ranks third and Detroit ranks ninth in total dollar volumes of exports. Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Indianapolis all rank in the top 20, the study states.
How does your city compare?
“Now is a particularly critical time for Great Lakes areas to be smart about their export strategies,” the report’s authors write.
“There is new national attention to increasing the volume of US exports. In his 2010 State of the Union Address, President Obama called for a doubling of US exports in the next ﬁve years. Administration ofﬁcials have also cited greater exports as a way to bolster the condition of the hard-hit manufacturing communities in the US.”
It’s part of a larger Brookings report on how the nation’s cities can lead export growth.
What conclusions should we draw?
“The metropolitan areas of the Great Lakes region are among the most globally engaged metros in the country,” says the report.
“They produce goods and offer services that are in demand around the world, particularly in rapidly emerging markets like Brazil, India, and China. A national effort to double exports in the next ﬁ ve years holds great promise for these metros that are already fairly export-oriented. But this opportunity may be squandered if Great Lakes metros do not focus intensely on innovation, both in terms of expanding the range of products and services that they offer and in their speciﬁc product and service lines. A legacy of success in exports does not guarantee future dominance, a lesson that Great Lakes metros should have learned through rough experience.”
What do you think?
Check out the new Metro Matters podcast, from the folks at Next American City magazine and the Brookings Institution.
If you listen to this inaugural edition, you can hear about everything from the stimulus, to US exports, Richard Florida and manufacturing. There’s a good bit of Rust-Belt related discussion as well.