American Roundtable Theme

Work & Economy

Painting of The Oxford Paper Mill and Community, as planned for Rumford, Maine, c. 1890. Rumford Historical Society. Image courtesy of the Maine’s River Valley editorial team

To promote comparison and synthesis across reports, American Roundtable is organized around five broad themes: Public Space, Health, Work and Economy, Infrastructure, and Environment. Editors of each report were given wide latitude to interpret each theme. Collected below are features that address topics and issues related to Work and Economy.

Cultural Economics

Nathaniel Patterson and Vickii Howell examine Africatown’s economic challenges and offer a vision of future prosperity.

Africatown, Alabama

Article May 4, 2021

Building a Better Warren

A Warren, Ohio nonprofit creates high-quality local jobs in the construction sector.

Mahoning Valley, Ohio

Interview April 13, 2021

Developing a Healthy Economy | Cheyenne River

Four Bands Community Fund’s Lakota Vogel offers an overview of the economic landscape of the reservation and the spatial challenges of rural development.

Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota

Interview March 16, 2021

Livelihoods: Looking to the Horizon Line

Skip Swenson describes South Beach’s local economy—long tied to its natural resources and environment—and recent attempts at diversification.

South Beach, Washington

Article February 16, 2021