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It may not have a cantina, but this Virginia spaceport is firing up its local economy

Jul 13, 2023
Last year, the world set a Space Age record by launching more than 180 rockets into orbit. And every launch pumps money into local coffers.
The control room in NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. About 2,000 people work at the center.
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Even with inflation, pricing can be a puzzle for small businesses

Jun 22, 2023
Big businesses can rely on reams of data to figure out how much to raise prices. Small business owners don't have that luxury.
Small businesses, including bike shops, often don't have the large-scale data that bigger businesses do.
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Will Brits embrace economic recovery under the mistletoe this Christmas?

Dec 13, 2021
Some say the return of the U.K.’s only annual mistletoe auction heralds the beginning of the end of COVID-induced social distancing.
Mistletoe consultant Jonathan Briggs surrounded by his beloved berries. "It's not surprising it was seen as something magical," he said.
Mimisse Beard

When an economy needs refugees

Sep 19, 2018
Erie, Pennsylvania, strategically welcomed refugees when its population was shrinking. Now the White House is cutting their numbers.
Dylanna Jackson is a director of a resettlement program in Erie. 
Maitham Basha-Agha/Marketplace

How Trump's immigration policy is hurting commerce at the border

Jun 21, 2018
A fluid border was key to a Texas town's economy, until it wasn't.
The Mexican border town of Matamoros is on the Rio Grande, across the U.S.-Mexico border near Brownsville, Texas.
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How local communities are trying to rebuild America

Feb 6, 2017
One journalist trekked 12,000 miles across the U.S. to find out how people are coming up with innovative solutions to economic challenges.
Visual Hunt

My Economy: In Memphis, it all happens at night

Dec 21, 2015
The holidays are a boon for a city with a FedEx hub.

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What Connecticut loses if GE moves its headquarters

Nov 10, 2015
Locals point to GE's role in business relationships, housing and community involvement.

Waukesha: A spa town that took its water for granted

Feb 3, 2015
Cities hit water problems even in wet regions, and finding a new source of water is difficult.

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