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Old 07-09-2010, 07:46 AM
 
Location: btw Bmore and DC but in the Bmore Metro Stat Area
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http://www.onpointradio.org/2010/07/the-great-plains-boom (broken link)

The Great Plains Boom
Great Plains cities are booming while the rest of the country’s economy is in trouble. We look at what’s going on in a part of the country some were willing to write off for dead.
http://www.onpointradio.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/100708_Fargo_500.jpg (broken link) Downtown area of Fargo, N.D. (Credit: City of Fargo)

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It seems like only yesterday that the Great Plains, the magnificent center of the country, was being written off as an economic basket case. Towns boarding up. People leaving.
The case was made to give the region back to Mother Nature. To make it a “buffalo commons” again.
Oh, how things change. Today, while so much of the country is struggling economically, the cities of the Great Plains are booming. Don’t laugh at Fargo. It’s got jobs. Agriculture and the energy biz, low costs – and low wages.
This Hour, On Point: the booming Great Plains, and America’s economic future.
[RIGHT]-Tom Ashbrook

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Old 07-09-2010, 10:21 AM
 
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The Great Plains Boom | WBUR and NPR - On Point with Tom Ashbrook (http://www.onpointradio.org/2010/07/the-great-plains-boom - broken link)

The Great Plains Boom
Great Plains cities are booming while the rest of the country’s economy is in trouble. We look at what’s going on in a part of the country some were willing to write off for dead.
Downtown area of Fargo, N.D. (Credit: City of Fargo)

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It seems like only yesterday that the Great Plains, the magnificent center of the country, was being written off as an economic basket case. Towns boarding up. People leaving.
The case was made to give the region back to Mother Nature. To make it a “buffalo commons” again.
Oh, how things change. Today, while so much of the country is struggling economically, the cities of the Great Plains are booming. Don’t laugh at Fargo. It’s got jobs. Agriculture and the energy biz, low costs – and low wages.
This Hour, On Point: the booming Great Plains, and America’s economic future.
[RIGHT]-Tom Ashbrook

listen:

Media Player | WBUR and NPR - On Point with Tom Ashbrook[/RIGHT]
Fargo and Sioux Falls are booming and will boom stronger this decade.These areas are business-friendly, have good schools, a low crime rate and a low unemployment rate
These cities will attract many businesses/people from Michigan, Illinois and Ohio, these declining states !
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:40 AM
 
Location: The City
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I am all for all areas of the country booming!
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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Booms are good. I wish them the best of luck.
I wonder what they will do after closing the office doors at the end of each day?
Look at the photo of Fargo, see any pedestrians?
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:55 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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It was only a few years ago that the media (probably including NPR) was declaring the Plains dead, suggesting it be turned into a Nat. Park. Don't believe everything that is predicted. ND has a severe climate; nothing will change that. Lots of people from ND here in CO, where the winters are more bearable.
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:12 AM
 
Location: The City
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NPR and Fox always make that song go off in my head

"Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle..."
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:18 AM
 
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It's not the entire great plains, just the extreme eastern ends of the states, such as Grand Forks, Fargo, Souix Falls, Omaha, and the Kansas City metro, that are doing well. The rest of the states are not so hot...
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:20 AM
 
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It was only a few years ago that the media (probably including NPR) was declaring the Plains dead, suggesting it be turned into a Nat. Park. Don't believe everything that is predicted. ND has a severe climate; nothing will change that. Lots of people from ND here in CO, where the winters are more bearable.
Yep, North Dakota is great for people who like 30 below zero.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:08 AM
 
Location: The Lakes
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I happen to like cold and snow!
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:38 AM
 
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I'm also willing to bet that Lincoln, NE, will do very well, too; already a state capital, with a major state university, and with an extremely low cost-of-living..and winters, although cold, are not as arctic as Grand Forks or Fargo..

I confess, though, that I like cold winters, too..
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