NOTEBOOK – One Good Read: Workers leaving big cities for smaller ones, taking jobs with them
















BY KATHY A. BOLTEN, Senior Staff Writer




Wednesday, September 11, 2019 3:32 PM

I was talking with Jackie Johansen, principal of Shattered Glass Development, about coworking space. She mentioned that it’s not just startups or one-person shops using the space but that there were corporate users as well. “Two desks behind me was the head of development for a commercial real estate firm in Indianapolis,” Johansen said. “Behind her station was a director of marketing for a large insurance company out of Madison, Wis.” The situation is not unique to Des Moines. A recent Wall Street Journal article by Ben Eisen explains that an increasing number of workers, tired of working in large cities, are leaving and taking their jobs with them. This group of workers is “fueling a renaissance in U.S. cities that lie outside the major job hubs,” writes Eisen. The trend, though, comes with a downside. “One of the bummers is that they are not necessarily joining the workforce,” Sheila Smith, a real-estate agent in Boise, told Eisen. Many of the out-of-town arrivals she sells to work from home or commute to jobs in distant cities, she said. Economists also wonder what will happen to the workers — and the cities they have moved to — in an economic downturn. Still, some cities are turning up recruitment of remote workers, reports Eisen. Tulsa, Okla., for instance, is giving $10,000 in cash to some telecommuters. Why? “We’re looking for great people to join the Tulsa community,” the Tulsa program’s website says.













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