Monthly Archives: April 2012

Which metro area produces the most NFL players per capita?

It’s NFL draft time.  It seems that every media outlet from ESPN to my local newspaper has a mock draft or a story predicting which players will be drafted early on on the process.  So which part of the country produces the most NFL players?

For that information one need to read Richard Florida’s article on the subject in  There you will find a ton of data. Place of birth for all 1846 players on NFL rosters at the 2010 preseason, for example.  Here’s the nugget that caught my eye:

Jackson, Mississippi, comes out on top with roughly 35 players per 100,000, followed by Jacksonville, Florida (27); Monroe, Louisiana (20); Lexington, Kentucky (15); Canton, Ohio (11); Lafayette, Louisiana (6); Pine Bluff, Arkansas (4); Athens, Georgia (4); Midland, Texas (3); and Billings, Montana (3) round out the top 10. Of the large metro areas, New Orleans was 16th with 2.5 players per 100,000. Miami is 32nd in player production, Los Angeles is 47th and New York is even further back at 110th.


Which jobs are growing and shrinking in your community?

One of the things that I stress to local economic developers and to mayors is the importance of understanding the local economy and how it fits into the region and to the world.  As the overall economy is “reset” it is useful to know which type of jobs in the community are growing and which are shrinking.

My column in the Mississippi Business Journal this week discusses the importance of a business retention program.  And while business retention is important for local leaders, it should be remembered that many jobs are not moving somewhere else they are disappearing altogether.  Many jobs will reappear.  Newspaper jobs, for example, will innovate.  For example, who would have ever heard of a video journalist 20 years ago?  Or even five years ago?  The point is that jobs do not necessarily always go away, they innovate into something else.   That’s why retraining is so important in many industries.  The person need not go away if the job goes away.

Below is an image that I retrieved from Scott Nichol’s LinkedIn blog entitled “LinkedIn Winners and Losers: Industry Trends During the Great Recession. It discusses how our economy has evolved during the five years.  A related blog on this subject worthy of reading is Mike Masnick’s Economic blog entry entitled “How Job Loss Really Works: Jobs Loss Isn’t Really Job Loss.

Finally, study the blogs mentioned above and the chart below, and then ask yourself this question: What would such a chart look like for the jobs in my community?

April 16 Stennis-Capitol Press Forum rescheduled to April 23

Monday, April 16, 2012

Today’s Stennis-Capitol Press Forum has been rescheduled to April 23.  Same time and same place – and same speaker.  Complete details at