This past week has seen the release of some interesting data regarding jobs with access to transit (Brookings) as well as another study creating an index of corporate headquarters per million people (Martin Prosperity). For local reference, (and you locals could figure this without a Brookings study) transit access to jobs in the Indianapolis metro region is poor. However, Indy rates above average on the corporate clout index.
Putting this data into visual form really correlated easily for me. Why are there so many corporate headquarters located in metros with poor access to jobs? Is there a link between low tax havens, which dedicate significant funds to roadway construction like the rust belt, and their magnetic attraction to Fortune 500 companies?
Further comparing the maps, there are some cities which transcend this dynamic. New York is one. San Jose is another. However, it is clear that the Midwest has overall poor jobs access but significant corporate clout.