"Jobs are a byproduct of a productive economy; not a surrogate for it"
Chuck Marohn is kind of a rabble-rouser.
He's soft-spoken, but he's talking about turning a lot of things we thought we knew about communities, economic development and jobs upside down.
He talks about a post-Depression development pattern where short-term rewards provide a "sugar high" - but where there are long-term liabilities down the road.
He's not convinced that new growth and economic well-being are the same things.
He says macro-statistics: unemployment, GDP growth, the stock market - no longer reflect reality. And public policy needs to catch up.
Chuck Marohn is hosting a Strong Towns presentation this evening at Zeitgeist. The event is free, but you do need a ticket to attend, and you can find more information about it here.