Local Energy Expansion Would Fuel Tribal Independence

by Chris FaulknerThe nation’s economic woes have hit American Indians hard.

Between 2008 and 2013, unemployment for American Indians never once dipped below 10 percent, the highest rates for any group in all the Midwest, Northern Plains, and Southwest. And nearly one in three single-race American Indians live in poverty, according to the United States Census Bureau.

But America’s natural gas boom is offering new hope to these struggling communities. An estimated 20 percent of all the nation’s oil and gas reserves reside on tribal lands. The federal government must help American Indians make the most of these resources.

Nationwide, the energy sector has created jobs even as the general economy falters. Since the start of the Great Recession, employment at natural gas and oil fields has grown by 40 percent.

Already, tribal leaders who have leased and developed their natural resources have seen immediate and significant job creation. Overall, oil, gas and coal development is expected to result in the creation of more than 96,000 jobs on tribal lands.

Take, for instance, the Blackfeet reservation in Montana, where unemployment has been as high as 70 percent in recent years. The tribe has collected around $30 million in leases and bonus payments. That money can be reinvested to build a more stable future.

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has noted that income from energy and minerals constitutes “the largest revenue source generated from Trust lands.” The agency estimates that royalty income among tribal mineral owners will exceed $1 billion this year. And the Council of Energy Resource Tribes has estimated that tribal lands are home to reserves valued at nearly $1.5 trillion.

For many tribes, energy development doesn’t just mean economic development; it’s also an opportunity for empowerment and independence. In the words of Tex Hall, the tribal chairman of North Dakota’s Three Affiliated Tribes, energy development can bring “sovereignty by the barrel.”

Natural gas and oil development can strengthen American Indian communities while upholding their traditional values, as Colorado’s Southern Ute tribe has demonstrated. The Tribe carefully consulted with scientists, lawyers, auditors and other leading energy experts, and then established the Red Willow Energy business, which it runs independently.

Levi Pesata, president of New Mexico’s Jicarilla Apache Nation, recently explained to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs why resource development doesn’t need to come at the expense of stewardship of tribal lands. “We have been involved in the oil and gas industry for about 60 years,” Pesata said, “… the Nation has been diligent in designating and protecting pristine areas as well as sacred sites and spiritual and culturally sensitive areas from disturbance.”

But despite the extraordinary opportunity oil and natural-gas development offers to American Indians, only 12 percent of tribal lands with potential reserves have so far been developed.

A tangled bureaucracy accounts for much of the problem. On non-tribal lands, the number of steps companies must complete to start exploring can, at times, be counted on a single hand — whereas on tribal lands, they must wrangle with four federal agencies and a jaw-dropping 49 separate regulatory steps.

Such obstacles are reprehensible, especially in the context of overwhelming Native American poverty. The federal government must do more to partner with tribal communities, engaging them to develop energy resources in a respectful and responsible manner.

Chris Faulkner is chief executive officer of Breitling Energy Corporation and author of the recent book, “The Fracking Truth.” He is also the producer of the upcoming documentary, “Breaking Free: The Shale Rock Revolution.”

All in for Special Olympics!

story & photos
by Josie Kapral


While the summer months had plenty of activities in the area, September did not disappoint. The Special Olympics of Connecticut held three different exciting events over the second weekend in September. Festivities began where any good party should start: Mohegan Sun.

Several people from the area repelled from the casino between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm, raising money for the Special Olympics. Each individual repelled 30 stories and were met at the bottom by Special Olympic athletes thanking them for their support and generosity. Many of Mohegan Sun’s own employees participated including: Kevin Brown, Chairman, Mohegan Tribe, Mark Brown, Tribal Councilor, Mohegan Sun, Jason Griffing, Johannes Vu, and Bobby Soper, President and CEO, Mohegan Sun.

J.L. Vancho, dressed as Wonder Woman, raised $2,000 in two days so that she could repel. “I told people that if I could raise this money in two days, then I would wear a costume for this.”

“That was sick!” exclaimed Brian Galek, as he landed and greeted his team members from Team Ices, a group supporting autism awareness.

The second event, held on Saturday and Sunday, was the sailing regatta at the Wad Club in Stonington. The athletes walked in a parade down Water Street lead by torch bearers, Kathleen Ledwidge and Caleb Cook. Joining the athletes and sponsors in the parade were Lynn Malerba, her husband, Paul, and Cal Buxton, Commodore, Wad Club. They held the opening ceremonies, and athlete Nicki Dubiago gave the Special Olympic oath. Then they were off and sailing!

The last event was a croquet competition, which was held on the beautiful grounds of the Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI. The athletes partook in friendly competition under the sun and enjoyed the scenery and the breeze from the Atlantic Ocean.

All of these events were not possible without volunteers from the area and the local businesses.

Celebrating the Camaraderie Between the Mohegan Tribe and American Colonists

story & photos
by Alexis Ann


They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of the drawing created by John D. Herz, graphite pencil artist, the visual is more than words. This rendering evokes deep emotion and depicts the camaraderie between the American Colonists and the Mohegan Tribe while honoring Samuel Ashbow, a Mohegan Warrior and the first Native American to give his life in the American Revolution at the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775.

John Herz, a longtime friend of Maynard Strickland, Mohegan Tribal Councilor (ret) was commissioned by the Tribe to create a visual demonstrating the Mohegan Tribe’s relationship with the early American settlers. This project was fostered by Chairman Kevin Brown, retired Colonel, US Army.

“After a tremendous amount of research and with the help of Nonner Faith Damon Davison, I was able to detail the clothing, rifle, etc., offering a more realistic view of the era,” explained John. “It was a history lesson!”

The work of art was unveiled inside Mohegan Tribe’s Government Center before displaying it at their annual Wigwam Festival last month. This lifelike rendering was a show stopper, attracting Tribal members from around the globe.

History of Samuel Ashbow

The son of the Reverend Samuel Ashbow, 29 year old Samuel Ashbow, Jr, was a man of peace. His wife and two year old son gave him all a man could want to live for. As much as he loved peace, he loved honor more – when tyranny and injustice rose up to threaten Colonial New England, Samuel answered the call to arms. His Bloodline could not stand inactive when cruelty threatened to prevail – he was a proud member of the Mohegan Tribe.

Musket held, Samuel marched with other members of the Connecticut Colonial Militia 75 arduous miles overland from Norwich to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Having been among the first to enlist in winter of 1775, Samuel joined other kindred brave souls on the hills surrounding Boston to drive the British Army and Royal Marine from the vital port. One of the high grounds was called Bunker Hill.

The Colonial Militia who took up position of defiance to the world’s most powerful empire was a reflection of the America that their efforts would give birth to – diverse races, ethnicities, persuasions, and faiths, some poor, some wealthy – united in a quest for equality and self-determination.

On the morning of June 17, 1775, the elite forces of Britain stormed the hastily thrown up defenses of the Colonists. Backed by artillery, row upon row of Redcoats assaulted the hills. The Colonists were out-gunned and out-numbered – they held their ground. A Nation’s birth held in the balance.

The third British wave breached the Colonial positions. Out of ammunition and lacking bayonets, the Colonists fought steel with their bare hands. Samuel Ashbow, Mohegan Warrior, died that the new Nation might live. He was buried in a mass grave, his Mohegan Blood mixing with that of his fellow Patriots. America took root and grew from that soil.

23rd Taste of Italy in Norwich

story & photos
by Karen Butera

The air was alive with the traditional smells of Italian food and the sound of Italian music being sung by Michael Ciulla ringing out across the Norwich Harbor during the twenty-third Annual Taste of Italy on September 6.

According to Liz Chartier of Norwich, “Today is about good food, good fun and the music.”

The Italian tradition started in the Town of Norwich in 1992 when it was time to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus discovering America.

At that time, the Italian Heritage & Cultural Committee got together and decided to help celebrate with what became the first annual Taste of Italy event in the Town of Norwich. “When we finished the day,” said Frank Jacaruso, president of the Committee, “Everyone wanted us to do it again the next year, so we said we would do it once more, and here we are twenty-three years later, still doing it every year.

Volunteers set up large white tents early in the morning, while craft and toy venders set up their own tents. Face painters created their works of art on children’s faces. There were also Moon Bounce Houses for the kids to enjoy.

All cuisine was of Italian ethnicity and featured different types of antipasto, main courses and desserts. There were twelve restaurants serving two different samples with a cost of $3.00 to $5.00 each.

Volunteers of The Italian Women’s Social Club of Norwich gathered to make about five hundred packages of the traditional Pizzelles, sold to help raise funds for four separate $1000.00 Scholarships awarded to high school seniors of Italian descent.

Getting into the spirit of the festival, Marie Taylor of Norwich, a member of the Women’s Social Club stood out in the crowd wearing her Italian green, white and red hat.

At the end of the day, this yearly celebration was summed up with a simple explanation. “This has been a great community event since the beginning,” said Jackaruso. “I love to see all of the people of Norwich and surrounding towns come out to gather and enjoy themselves.”

“The Mohegan Way is Helping Others”

story & photos
by Alexis Ann


The history of the Mohegan Tribe is replete with tales of heroism, adventure, Family loyalty, and respect for nature. It also is dominated by an emphasis on the duty to see to the well-being of others. Yet, another chapter will be added to that history when it recounts the contribution by the Mohegan Tribe of a truckload of canned goods and peanut butter to the Town of Montville Food Bank.

On Friday, September 5th, a truck provided by Allen Construction, driven by Montville Town Council Vice Chairman Bill Caron, unloaded foods that will greatly assist Montville residents in need. Assisting in all of the attendant labor was Mohegan Tribal Chairman Kevin Brown, Tribal Vice Chairman James Gessner, Chuck Bunnell, Mohegan Chief of Staff of External and Governmental Affairs, and Montville Mayor Ronald McDaniel. Box upon box of nutrition for those who might otherwise have gone hungry was placed under the care for distribution of Kathleen Doherty-Peck, Director of Senior and Social Services, Town of Montville.

Kathleen expressed her gratitude for the generous support from the Mohegan Tribe. “A jar of peanut butter can provide lunch for a child for two-weeks,” she said.

Chairman Kevin Brown, on behalf of the Mohegan Tribe is ready and willing to help. “We’re going to help!” he announced. The Mohegan Tribe gives roughly $1 Million annually to hundreds of charities across the state.

One can be sure that the gracious Lifetime Chief Lynn “Many Hearts” Malerba expressed, “Give from the heart.” And, Mohegan Chiefs of the past such as the universally beloved Ralph Sturges, smiled down on the event and said, “Well done, this is the Mohegan way – helping those in need.”

Jewel Debuts New Song “Home to Me” to Raise Awareness for the Importance and Benefits of Public Housing

Jewel Debuts New Song “Home to Me” to Raise Awareness for the Importance and Benefits of Public Housing

New song, in collaboration with public awareness initiative ReThink, inspired by stories from around the country

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the ReThink initiative and four-time Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter Jewel will unveil a new song, “Home to Me,” to raise awareness for the benefits of public housing and to encourage Americans to rethink their perceptions of public housing. “Home to Me” is available for free download at www.ReThinkHousing.org.

The ReThink initiative and four-time Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter Jewel unveil a new song, "Home to Me," to raise awareness for the benefits of public housing and to encourage Americans to rethink their perceptions of public housing. "Home to Me" is available for free download at www.ReThinkHousing.org.

Once homeless, Jewel knows firsthand that a home is more than a place to live. “I’m so honored to share ‘Home to Me’ and my hope is that the song causes people to stop and rethink the importance of home. Millions of families, veterans, disabled and elderly citizens rely on public housing and I hope that through this new song people consider the positive impact of public housing,” says ReThink Ambassador Jewel.

Earlier this year, ReThink launched a contest asking Americans to share stories, photos and thoughts of why housing matters to them. Hundreds of people participated, and after a voting and judging process, ten finalist entries served as the inspiration to Jewel. A grand prize was awarded to Silvia Kearney of Akron, Ohio, and today, she meets Jewel at music venue The Mint in Los Angeles to hear a performance of the song her entry inspired.

“Americans believe that U.S. citizens deserve a safe and decent place to live, but there is little support for public housing. Public housing provides hope for a better future and it gives people a chance to get back on their feet,” says J. Len Williams, Chief Executive Officer at the Housing Authority of Columbus, Ga. “Jewel gives an incredible voice to this issue, and we’re thankful her new song ‘Home to Me’ speaks to the impact a home can have on the lives of individuals, families and communities.”

Public housing provides homes and services for approximately 2.2 million people in the U.S.; however, the need is much greater than that. At least half a million people including families, veterans, the elderly and disabled across the U.S. are waiting for public housing to become available.

ReThink: Why Housing Matters is an initiative that aims to encourage Americans to realize the benefits that public housing communities offer the greater community. Visit www.ReThinkHousing.org to hear Jewel’s perspective, and experience inspirational stories of public housing – and rethink its impact on individuals, families, and your own community.

Get involved and learn more on Facebook at Facebook.com/ReThinkHousing, Twitter at @ReThinkTweets, and YouTube at YouTube.com/ReThinkHousing.

About ReThink
The ReThink initiative was developed by Housing Authority Insurance, Inc. (HAI, Inc.) with the support of its trade partners in the public housing industry. HAI, Inc. is a part of HAI Group, which is a family of companies that serves the public and affordable housing community with special, niche insurance programs as well as other value-added products and services such as training and software solutions. HAI Group and its trade partners believe in supporting ReThink to further the mission and purpose of public housing to provide housing and services to millions of Americans who might otherwise be homeless.

About Housing Authority Insurance, Inc.
Housing Authority Insurance, Inc. (HAI, Inc.) sponsors programs for its membership, including insurance and risk management programs, scholarship and internship programs, and charitable activities. HAI, Inc. advocates for and supports legislative and regulatory issues that help to improve the public and affordable housing industries. HAI, Inc. is a nonprofit association incorporated in 1987.

About Jewel
From the remote ranch of her Alaskan youth to the triumph of international stardom, four-time Grammy nominee Jewel, hailed by the New York Times as a “songwriter bursting with talents,” has enjoyed career longevity rare among her generation of artists. Whether alone with her guitar or fronting a band of ace musicians, Jewel has always been a charismatic live performer, earning the respect of other singer-songwriters such as Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, who, not only invited her to open their shows, but mentored her in the early phases of her career. After a tremendous amount of success as a singer-songwriter and over 27 million albums sold, Jewel released a Greatest Hits album in 2013. The album features a collection of her most known songs as well as two new duets with Kelly Clarkson and The Pistol Annies, in addition to a new track called “Two Hearts Breaking.” She also starred as June Carter Cash in the Lifetime biopic “Ring of Fire,” which earned four Emmy nominations. In December of 2013 Jewel joined NBC’s “The Sing Off” as a new judge as well as released her much anticipated follow-up holiday album, “Let It Snow.” Currently, Jewel is recording her 13th studio album, a follow up to her first album “Pieces of You” due in 2015.

Healy, Abdullah, Becker and Borges Win 2014 J/70 World Championship

Healy, Abdullah, Becker and Borges Win
2014 J/70 World Championship

NEWPORT, R.I. (September 14, 2014) – For the final day of the 2014 J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen, the New York Yacht Club Race Committee brought the fleet back out to Rhode Island Sound where three races were run in 8-14 knots of breeze.

Winning the first race of the day was Joel Ronning of Minneapolis on Catapult.  Ronning had led the standings for the first two days of the championship but came into the final day 14 points out of first place behind Jamestown’s Tim Healy and his crew on Helly Hansen.  With Healy crossing the line in fourth, Ronning was able to chip away at the deficit and, in race two, the margin was further cut to seven points when Ronning finished fourth and Healy finished eighth.  However, in the final race, won by Brian Keane of Weston, Mass., on Savasana, Healy crossed the line in second with Ronning back in fourth, earning Healy and the Helly Hansen team the championship title on 28 points to Ronning’s 39.  Keane retained third overall with 61 points, while Florida’s Martin Kullman, on New Wave, and Boston’s Heather Gregg-Earl, on MUSE, were tied, respectively for fourth and fifth, on 83 points.  Gregg-Earl and the crew on MUSE were also the Corinthian (non-professional) division winners.

When Healy’s Helly Hansen team (crew Gordon Borges, Geoffrey Becker and Paul Abdullah) crossed the finish line in the last race, there was little outward excitement onboard.  “Our caveat is we’re still waiting for protest time to elapse,” explained Healy.  “There’s potential that someone could file a protest and we just want to make sure that’s totally wrapped up.  It was close enough that we wanted to wait until we could check and then we could celebrate once everything is 100%.”

Except for one day, the conditions over the five days of racing had been strenuous and exhausting.  “It was a fun week,” said Healy.  “The nice part is there was wind the whole time; we enjoyed that, but because there’s wind you have to work hard and at this point everybody is tired but also excited at the same time.”  This is Healy’s third world championship title as he adds the J/70 title to two he has won in the J/24 class (2013, 2010).

“The key to doing well is time spent in the boat.  From day one when Jeff Johnstone called and said ‘we have the first two boats ready to go, are you interested in doing some sea trials?’ I jumped on it.  As soon as I sailed the boats I knew the class was going to be huge.  I think it’s the simplicity of it.  Anybody who grew up sailing dinghies or got into small keelboat sailing can go down and look at a J/70 and say ‘I get it.’  They can look at the rig and see that it’s simple, and how the spinnaker works and how the main works, the deck layout is totally simple and clean and it’s easy to handle.  The boat performs really well upwind; downwind it’s exciting and it’s planing.  It’s got just about everything for the typical sailor looking for a fast one-design boat that’s easy to sail.  And it performs well.  The younger sailors can handle it and sail it, same for older sailors and it’s a good fit for women’s teams also.”

The youngest competitor on the race course was 13-year old Julian Sudofsky of Marion, Mass., who missed a week of eighth grade at Old Rochester Regional to race with his father Mike Sudofsky on Carlos.  The young sailor was not simply enjoying a week off from school; as a veteran in the J/70 class he has twice raced in Key West Race Week, along with events in Annapolis and Cedar Point.  “Even though we didn’t do too well, we had so much fun because everyone was top competitors,” said Sudofsky who handles the bow on Carlos.  “I just got to see Tim Healy, and Brian Keane is also my neighbor,” he added.

From their patriotic hats to their colorful spinnaker, one team garnering lots of attention on the course was Team RAFBF Spitfire from Great Britain, helmed by Simon Ling of Burford.

“Team Spitfire was formed about six years ago,” explained Ling.  “We’re made up of serving, ex-serving members of the Royal Air Force and a couple of civilians as well.  We basically look to sail as competitively as possible but also to promote the RAF charity: the RAF Benevolent Fund.  The name Spitfire comes from the iconic airplane that was built in the south where we sail in The Solent, and it seemed the perfect name for an RAF team.”

Having done the UK national circuit, this was the first time Team RAFBF had been overseas with the boat.  “It was absolutely fabulous.  What can you not enjoy about Newport?,” said Ling.  “It’s my first time here, we’ve all fallen in love with the place; the race organization has been second to none, the racing has been fabulous and we’re really pleased with our result (12th overall and second Corinthian team).”

Ling as owner/helm switched to the J/70 last year after three years in the J/80.  “It’s been a fabulous boat; we love it,” said Ling ticking off the attributes of the J/70:  “The class has taken off, it’s new, there are 90 boats here at the first worlds, its great fun to sail, they’re demanding to sail, and they put a smile on your face.  What’s not to like about that?”

Seeing 86 teams, representing 14 nations, on the starting line for any sailing event is significant.  For those 86 teams to be contesting the first-ever world championship of the J/70 class is a testament to the popularity of this boat which was introduced just over two years ago, and even more notable was the mix of sailing royalty that was peppered throughout the fleet  including: 2008 Finn Olympic Silver Medalist Zach Railey of Clearwater, Fla., 2004 Tornado Olympic Silver Medalist John Lovell of New Orleans, California’s 1996 Soling Olympic Bronze Medalist Jeff Madrigali, 2013 America’s Cup winning strategist and 2012 Laser Olympic Gold Medalist Tom Slingsby of Australia, 2011 Lightning Pan Am Games Silver Medalists  Jody Lutz of Brick, N.J., and brother Jay Lutz of Houston, who is also a four-time world champion in the J/80 and Lightning classes, 1984 Windsurfing Olympic Silver Medalist Scott Steele of Annapolis, Olympian and two-time Star World Champion Phil Trinter of Richmond, Va., 2013 Star World Champion John MacCausland of Cherry Hill, N.J., 2001 Sonar World Champion Mark Ploch of The Bronx, N.Y., and 2007 Snipe World Champion Tomas Hornos of Boston.

Kalle Coster and Annemieke Bes, both of whom represented The Netherlands three times at the Olympic Games were in the fleet, as was Vermont’s 2012 Olympian Trevor Moore, along with New York’s Cory Sertl and Jody Starck, both of whom have won the  Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Award multiple times.  Top-ranked match racers Taylor Canfield and Stephanie Roble, 2005 J/24 World Champion Anthony Kotoun and Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Eric Doyle were all onboard as was 2006 Audi Etchells World Champion Jud Smith of Marblehead, 2013 J/22 World Champion Allan Terhune of Arnold, Md., and 2014 J/24 US National Champion Will Welles of Portsmouth, R.I.

The September 8-13 competition was hosted by New York Yacht Club at Harbour Court, with regatta headquarters at Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s Public Sailing Center.

For results, photos and additional information on the inaugural J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen, please visit www.j70worlds.com

Helly Hansen is presenting sponsor of the world championship, and North Sails is the Official Regatta Support Partner.  Also enhancing the experience of competitors at the regatta will be Harken, Marlow Ropes, Newport Storm, Seadek Marine Products, Southern Spars, Torqeedo and Triad Trailers.

About Helly Hansen – Founded in Moss, Norway, in 1877, Helly Hansen continues to protect and enable professionals making their living on oceans and mountains around the world.  Their apparel, developed through a blend of Scandinavian design and insights drawn from living in some of the harshest environments on earth, helps provide the confidence professionals need to step out into the elements and complete their jobs. The company invented the first supple, waterproof fabrics more than 137 years ago, created the first fleece fabrics in the 1960s and introduced the first technical base layers made with LIFA Stay Dry Technology in the 1970s. Today, the brand’s off-shore racing, inshore sailing, coastal cruising, rainwear and marine lifestyle apparel and footwear are sold in more than 40 countries. To learn more about Helly Hansen’s latest collections, visit www.hellyhansen.com/sailing

About the J/70 – The J/70 introduces a new dimension of fun, fast sailing in a stable, easy to own boat. A natural evolution of its J pedigree, the J/70’s 22-foot long waterline with high aspect, all carbon rig and deep, lifting bulb keel provides spirited performance and stability that feels like a much larger boat. Since its introduction, in March 2012, the J/70 has quickly established itself worldwide with 600+ boats sailing in 20+ countries. The J/70 Class was awarded ISAF One Design status in November 2013.  For more information: www.j70ica.org

Brilliant Wins the 2014 Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival Schooner Race

Brilliant, based at the Mystic Seaport, has won the 2014 Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival Schooner Race on Fisher’s Island Sound.  Mystic Whaler came in second, followed by Tyrone and La Amistad.

Brilliant is an offshore classroom for Mystic Seaport’s education programs. Her sailing program offers people of all ages the opportunity to learn about sailing on one of the finest wooden schooners ever built. Since 1953, Brilliant has sailed the equivalent of five times around the earth, with more than 9,000 students setting her sails and steering her course.

Brilliant and her crew will be feted tonight at 5:00 pm, at the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival Awards dinner at the Hygienic Arts Park.

Photo of Award Presentation to be distributed after tonight’s award dinner.


About the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival

The Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival, a production of OpSail CONNECTICUT, is a celebration of our state’s maritime heritage, history and spirit of innovation.  Working with community partners, our purpose is to draw attention to the important role the sea has played in the formation of our state and nation, and to honor the role schooners played in that development. The festival takes place Sept. 11 – 13 in the historic city of New London.  Additional information may be found at www.CTmaritimeFest.com.

Americans Move To Chicago, Washington, D.C. And Atlanta This Summer

Americans Move To Chicago, Washington, D.C. And Atlanta This Summer

Americans are leaving Sun Belt and West Coast for Midwest and Northeastern cities

On the heels of a busy residential moving season, United Van Lines today announced the findings of its Summer Long-Distance Moving Trends Study, indicating that Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta are the most popular moving destinations.

Based on United’s summer moving volume data, the most popular metro areas for U.S. families to move to this peak season were:

1. Chicago, Ill.

6. Dallas, Texas

11. Houston, Texas

2. Washington, D.C.

7. Phoenix, Ariz.

12. Philadelphia, Pa.

3. Atlanta, Ga.

8. New York N.Y.

13. Denver, Colo.

4. Boston, Mass.

9. Minneapolis, Minn.

14. Seattle, Wash.

5. Los Angeles, Calif.

10. San Diego, Calif.

15. St. Louis, Mo.

The data also revealed the top metro areas families were moving from this peak moving season:

1. Washington, D.C.

6. Chicago, Ill.

11. Portland, Ore.

2. Dallas, Texas

7. Seattle, Wash.

12. Charlotte, N.C.

3. Atlanta, Ga.

8. Los Angeles, Calif.

13. Minneapolis, Minn.

4. Houston, Texas

9. Denver, Colo.

14. Boston, Mass.

5. Phoenix, Ariz.

10. San Jose, Calif.

15. San Diego, Calif.

A survey of United Van Lines customers moving to the top destination cities revealed that most (71.6 percent) moved for a new job or corporate transfer. Approximately 13 percent moved because of retirement and nearly 10 percent moved for health or other personal reasons.

Dallas/Fort Worth, followed by Atlanta and Los Angeles, were the most popular destinations for new jobs and corporate transferees. When it comes to retirement, respondents were drawn to warmer weather with Phoenix and Los Angeles topping the list.

Although Washington, D.C. tops the list for highest volume of outbound moves, it also had the second highest volume of residents moving into the metro area due to the fact that it is a transient city with a high number of people coming and going. Many cities that are experiencing growth – more people moving into the metropolitan region than out – were in the Northeast, including New York, Boston and Philadelphia. The Midwest region saw considerable growth, including high volumes of millennial moves to cities such as Chicago, St. Louis and Minneapolis. The cities experiencing the biggest moving deficit – more people moving out than in – were along the West Coast (San Jose, Portland and Seattle) and in Texas (Houston and Dallas).

“Bucking recent trends, more people are moving to frost belt cities in the Northeast and Midwest,” said Michael A. Stoll, economist, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Popular metropolitan destinations driving city to city migration are those with a highly educated labor force and that have growing or mature business, financial, and insurance services. In addition, strong technology and healthcare industries are driving migration, sectors where recent job growth has been relatively robust in the broader economy.”

To capture the city-to-city migration patterns in the U.S., United analyzed domestic moves during the peak moving season – between May 1 and August 31 – when approximately 40 percent of all domestic household goods moves take place.

“Year after year, May through August are the most popular months to move,” said Melissa Sullivan, director of marketing communications for United Van Lines. “Because United conducts more moves than any other moving company, we’re in a unique position to use this data and observe the migration of American families from city to city and state to state.”

As the nation’s largest household goods mover, United collects and maintains data regarding its moves. For the last 37 years, United has released an annual domestic migration study in January, and this latest peak moving season migration study offers unique insight into the current city-to-city moving patterns. The findings for the full year 2014 will be released in January 2015.

About United Van Lines

United Van Lines is America’s #1 Mover®. In cooperation with its sister company, United Containers, United Van Lines is able to offer a full range of moving solutions from do-it-yourself to full-service. With headquarters in suburban St. Louis, United Van Lines maintains a network of 400 affiliated agencies. For more information about United Van Lines visit UnitedVanLines.com.

Jumpstart the Economy with Trade Reform

A New Trade Promotion Authority Would Be a Blessing for the U.S. Economy
By Drew Johnson

News about the economy just went from bad to worse. The Commerce Department released new figures showing gross domestic product fell 2.9 percent in the first quarter of 2014 and corporate profits plummeted more than 9 percent from last year’s numbers. It seems that the U.S. economic engine is still meekly sputtering, thanks in large part to poor decisions made by President Obama and members of Congress.

It seems anytime Washington gets involved at trying to spur the economy, things seem to go to hell in a handbasket.

But Congress actually can do one thing that would grow exports, expand GDP, fuel job creation and spark the American economy: Pass a modernized Trade Promotion Authority.

From Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush, U.S. presidents have enjoyed the authority to work with Congress to fast track trade agreements that would benefit the economy and American workers. The authority has always defined U.S. trade goals and created a positive and timely framework for Congress and the White House to deal with trade pacts. The modern form of Trade Promotion Authority was established in 1974 and renewed regularly until it was allowed to lapse in 2007.

Specifically, Trade Promotion Authority permits members of Congress to outline the goals they want the president to pursue in trade negotiations. The president is then required to consult with Congress as the negotiations unfold. Congress then agrees to vote up or down on trade deals without amendments within a set time period. As a result, the authority has succeeded in keeping trade agreements moving quickly through even the most divided Congresses.

The authority doesn’t let the president impose his will unilaterally, something few Americans would want, given Obama’s record on the economy and foreign policy. Congress is empowered to determine the framework for a trade agreement, shapes it as it’s being made and retains the right to reject the final product. The authority assures our negotiators and their counterparts from other nations that Congress will vote on the agreement as negotiated and won’t try to change it through amendments.

Trying to grow America’s economy internally is a laudable goal, but it simply isn’t enough. More than 80 percent of the world’s purchasing power, 92 percent of its economic growth and 95 percent of its consumers live outside the United States. In order for American businesses — and workers — to thrive, we must encourage free trade throughout the world.

Unfortunately, countries across the globe are blocking U.S. goods and services because trade agreements are needed. Current trade deals are languishing and negotiations regarding future pacts are bogged down because there is no Trade Promotion Authority in place. American businesses, workers and families are paying the price.

Making it easier and faster for American negotiators to draw up tough and fair trade agreements that open those markets to American products is a foolproof way to quickly and dramatically kick start the U.S. economy.

Nearly 40 million American jobs depend on exports and imports. Such jobs typically pay 15 percent to 20 percent above the national average. Trade Promotion Authority would create even more of these quality jobs for hard working Americans.

The additional free trade agreements spurred by a new Trade Promotion Authority would allow American firms to import certain foreign goods, such as raw materials, basic components and machinery that could be used to lower production costs, slash prices and become even more competitive in the global market.

With the economy struggling to stay afloat and American workers still in dire need of stable, well-paying jobs, now, more than ever, the U.S. must harness the power of international trade. That means lawmakers must take the steps necessary to promote fair access for American goods and services in as foreign markets as possible, as quickly as possible. That’s why Congress needs to pass Trade Promotion Authority.

Drew Johnson is a senior fellow at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to a smaller, more responsible government.