As I See It - 
The Future of "Company Towns"

by Janet Ady, President / CEO, Ady Advantage 
DuPont's presence in Delaware has dwindled over the past 200 years. At one point, according to this excellent article by Scott Goss and Jeff Mordock from The News Journal and published in Delaware Online, a tenth of the state's labor force worked for DuPont, and as recently as 1986, 26,600 employees worked there. Its employee counts are now down to 7,000 in the state, and leaders fear they could dwindle further. 
The article talks about similar companies in different places that have met a similar fate, such as Kodak in Rochester, NY; ConocoPhillips of Ponoca City, OK; Roebling of Trenton, NJ; and IBM in the Triple Cities region of Broome County, NY.
The authors point out a number of key themes that seem to repeat themselves across these very different businesses...
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