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New book on the way August 3, 2006

Posted by Tom in Opinion, Research.
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Manufacturing Works” by Fred Zimmerman and Dave Beal was just highly recommended to me by the IPFW Community Research Institute‘s John Stafford – the same man who recommended Jon Teaford’s “Cities of the Heartland.”  John and I worked together on the Northeast Indiana Strategic Skills Initiative (John and his associate, Valerie Richardson, did nearly all of the statistical research while I hit the road for first-person, expert opinion), and he is one impressive individual with a wealth of knowledge and perspective.  Not to mention that he’s a genuinely nice man.

“Heartland” was a great book, telling the story of the Midwest’s major cities’ rise, peak and decline.  It is a wonderful primer on the “rust belt” and how it came to the state that it’s in.

I tell you that to say: If you like the content of this site and have an interest in the alignment of  workforce and economic development and if John Stafford recommends a book….well, it’s a pretty safe bet that the book is at least worth the money.  Amazon got mine!

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