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  • Distressed Communities

    Revitalizing distressed communities through private investment

  • Entrepreneurship

    Supporting entrepreneurship and the growth of new business

  • Future of the Economy

    Championing a more innovative and accessible U.S. economy

  • Index of State Dynamism

    The Index of State Dynamism (ISD) combines seven economic indicators into a single measure of a state’s dynamism each year going back to 1992.

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  • The Distressed Communities Index

    A customized dataset examining and mapping economic distress and prosperity throughout America.

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  • Investing in Opportunity Act

    New legislation that will put billions of dollars in private investment to work in distressed communities throughout America.

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Latest News

Where are the Millennial Entrepreneurs?

/   Julia Duda, The Feed

Last year John Lettieri, the Senior Director for Policy and Strategy Economic Innovation Group testified before the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and reported that the U.S. ranks 49th out of 189 countries for the ease of starting a business,  an abysmally low performance for a country with a historical connection to…

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Hocking County “at-risk” in Distressed Communities Index

/   Hannah Taulbee, The Logan Daily News

The results are in for the 2017 Distressed Communities Index, and Hocking County was found categorized as “mid-tier” while individual zip codes ranged from “prosperous” to “distressed.” Completed by a bipartisan public policy organization, the Economic Innovation Group (EIG), the index is a broad-based assessment that uses Census Bureau data from 2011 thru 2015 to…

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Trotwood mayor, board president trade letters on school performance

/   Sharon Wilmore, Dayton Daily News

“Our school district and our city face complex challenges for improvement,” Trotwood-Madison Board of Education President Adrienne L. Heard responded Thursday in an open letter to McDonald. Heard’s letter also includes information from the Economic Innovation Group’s “distressed community index” showing Trotwood’s unemployment rate for adults 25 to 64 (33.6 percent), housing vacancy rate (15.6…

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Events

The 7th Annual Summit on the Economy

Capital Hilton

Event Overview The Economic Innovation Group and The Governor’s Woods Foundation co-hosted the 7th Annual Summit on the Economy with Steve Clemons from The Atlantic at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. Over 400 attendees heard from a diverse array of 33 economic thinkers, innovators, policymakers, business leaders, and media commentators who wrestled through the...

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Startups and Entrepreneurship: Creating Jobs and Revitalizing Communities

North Auditorium at the Capitol Visitors Center

Join the Economic Innovation Group, New Democrat Coalition, 1776, Venture for America, and GENERATION STARTUP for an honest, in-the-trenches look at what it takes to launch a startup and a discussion about empowering startups and building thriving communities. John Lettieri, Co-founder and Senior Director for Policy and Strategy at Economic Innovation Group,...

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Rise of the Rest Policy Summit 2017

Russell Senate Office Building, Kennedy Caucus Room (SR-325)

On Thursday, March 30, the Economic Innovation Group and Revolution brought together legislators, journalists, and a group of more than 100 founders, business leaders, and investors from the 26 cities visited on Steve Case’s and Revolution’s Rise of the Rest bus tour to discuss the current state of entrepreneurship across...

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