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CRP Director and Professor Ehrenfeucht published in Journal of Planning Education and Research

January 22, 2018

UNM Community + Regional Planning Professor and Director, Renia Ehrenfeucht, with colleague Marla Nelson  published an article titled “Beyond the Jobs versus Amenities Debate: Understanding the Migration of Educated Workers and Implications for Planning” in the Journal of Planning Education and Research.

Abstract

A skilled workforce is essential to regional growth and competitiveness, yet what is needed to attract and retain a talent base is a matter of long-standing debate. Through a qualitative longitudinal study of educated professionals who moved or returned to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, we identify the particular aspects of “jobs” and “amenities” respondents valued, highlight the complex and relational nature of the migration process, and examine how locational priorities shift as life circumstances change. Understanding the place-specific and institutional qualities that affect mobility and how individuals negotiate the migration process are essential to attract and retain skilled workers.


Marla Nelson and Renia Ehrenfeucht, 2017, Beyond the Jobs versus Amenities Debate: Understanding the Migration of Educated Workers and Implications for Planning, Journal of Planning and Education Research. Online first Dec 9, 2017: https://doi.org/10.1177/0739456X17745597