BUSINESS 11/13/2018 08:53 pm ET From free pets to street-naming rights, cities and states were willing to hand over more than just tax breaks to Amazon. By Lydia O'Connor Did Amazon successfully trick cities and states around the country into a bidding war that gave it leverage to negotiate with the two cities ― New York City and Arlington, Virginia ― it planned to launch in all along? The company will probably never say, but the range of perks that so many places offered hints at just how much control Amazon, a company headed by the richest man in the world, wielded in this year-long game. Not all governments have released the details of their bids, but those that have showed just how much they were willing to put on the line. Aside from the billions in tax incentives most locales offered, here’s a look at five of the most outrageous things governments brought to the table ― often at the expense of taxpayers. Free Pets, Hotel … [Read more...] about Here Are Some Of The Most Outrageous Perks Cities Offered Amazon
IMPACT 01/12/2018 08:01 am ET Updated Jan 12, 2018 Santa Monica officials decided to look at more than just economic prosperity when gauging their citizens' success. Oliver Balch On assignment for HuffPost 120 Most days, Ari Hahyar sets out from his home in a middle-class neighborhood of Santa Monica for a leisurely stroll. Tracking his route and calculating his steps is a new Fitbit bracelet on his wrist. Hahyar, a 63-year-old recently retired from his job as a special education teacher, credits his daily walks with keeping him active and lifting his mood. Motivating him, he says, are the many public parks and tree-lined streets in this beachfront city in western Los Angeles County. Healthy living habits might be precisely what you expect of residents in this sunny Californian city. The data, however, paint a different picture. According to the city’s latest Wellbeing Index, only 38 percent of Santa Monica’s population of 92,000 are active for 20 … [Read more...] about A California City Measured Residents’ Well-Being For 4 Years. What Lawmakers Discovered Surprised Them.
What Works Next The nation’s largest generation is transforming cities large and small. This list shows you where their impact is greatest. Perhaps no generation in American history has been more scrutinized, classified and demographically appraised than millennials. An endless stream of earnest thinkpieces has documented their rise as a demographic behemoth and a cultural force. There’s the burgeoning industry of “intergenerational consulting” created to help that earlier age-group colossus, the Baby Boomers, reckon with young people who were pushing them off the stage. And there’s the perennial hand-wringing about millennials’ impact on politics and housing and the workplace, the trend stories about hoverboards in the workplace or young people’s aversion to talking on the phone. The fretting has reached such a fever pitch that in December, the Wall Street Journal vowed to stop writing about millennials with “such disdain” for … [Read more...] about The United States of Millennials