company town

noun

Definition of company town

: a community that is dependent on one firm for all or most of the necessary services or functions of town life (such as employment, housing, and stores)

Examples of company town in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Las Vegas could almost be called a company town, and its economy depends on tourism — even in the pandemic. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, "Cellphone Data Shows How Las Vegas Is “Gambling With Lives” Across the Country," 18 Aug. 2020 That's why leaders need to model the behavior by opening up in public settings — leveraging virtual company town halls, for instance — to create a structure that permits employees to open up about their own mental health struggles. CNN, "5 ways businesses can prevent a costly mental health crisis," 5 Aug. 2020 And so the community would persist, a tableau of georgic calm sealed inside the bottle of a company town. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "There Are No Losers in the Animal Crossing Economy," 15 Apr. 2020 The Tribune operated a paper-mill company town in Canada, and adeptly took advantage of the public policies of two national governments in areas from trade to hydroelectric power generation to canal construction. Nicholas Lemann, The New York Review of Books, "Can Journalism Be Saved?," 11 Feb. 2020 In this company town, Dongfeng also built schools, hospitals, shopping malls, kindergartens, police stations, and fire stations. Lavender Au, The New York Review of Books, "Stuck in Central China on Coronavirus Lockdown," 4 Feb. 2020 The pitch would essentially remodel San Jose as a 21st-century company town, where a dominant employer lifts the local economy for decades to come. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Google Wants to Pour Money Into San Jose. The City Has a Few Demands.," 28 Jan. 2020 Rooted in our company town history, Sugar Land’s entrepreneurial spirit has guided the City through its 60-year existence. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Mayor Zimmerman delivers State of the City Address," 24 Jan. 2020 The company town, founded in 1906 by U.S. Steel Chairman Elbert H. Gary, had flourished as the industry did. Tom Coyne And Rick Callahan, USA TODAY, "Richard Hatcher, trailblazing black mayor elected in 1960s, dies at 86," 15 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of company town

1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Company town.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/company%20town. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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