Another thread got me thinking about how rising gas prices will impact the ability of companies and communities to attract a workforce. I believe many rural places will be hit especially hard due to a combination of 1) overall lower fuel economy of vehicles in rural areas, which tend to be older and are more likely to be an SUV/light truck; 2) longer commuting distances for rural workers; and 3) lower wages typical of rural workers. I created a spreadsheet model to test the impacts of changes to these variables. I'd love to get some feedback on whether this is the kind of tool planners and others find useful.
Excuse the blog link, but that's where I have it posted. http://placedynamics.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/198/