Destination Duluth: Competitive Economic Development in the Age of Climigration

Jesse M. Keenan
2019 Zenodo  
There are a number of cities in the U.S. that arguably represent superior set of quantitative and qualitative characteristics for accelerating this merger of people, culture and capital. Whether it is a function of environmental impact, resource depletion, regional economic growth, labor and wage elasticities, or simplythings like the availability of potable water, there are any number of factors that may be weighted by households in the processing of determining if, when and where to relocate.
more » ... For those households with some measure of elective mobility, this can be framed within a broader set of climactic and consumer-oriented amenities. Very often these consumer preferences are shaped within a broader context of global change that adds additional weights to an aging society, income inequality and social marginalization. While there are many potential factors, it could be argued that the most reductive forms of influence may relate to whether a receiving zone—where climate migrants move to—is affordable, accessible and authentic. This paper highlights one experimental project (2018–2019) that sought to connect climate demography and economic development marketing, as mediated by the consumption of the built environment and the formulation of a visual brand identity. This exploratory project started with two simple questions. How could Duluth, Minnesota market itself to attract climate migrants (hereinafter "climigrants")? What is Duluth's capacity to physically, economically and socially adapt?
doi:10.5281/zenodo.5247181 fatcat:gjy4u2pduvf7rg5ffqqylacem4