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Our Priorities

  • 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

A path for revitalizing South Dakota’s “Left Behind” Communities

/   John Lettieri and Steve Glickman, Capital Journal

As tax reform moves through Congress to spur economic growth, many Americans are still feeling left behind by the recent economic recovery. Our research shows that these anxieties are not misplaced. Economic well-being varies drastically between communities, often blocks apart from one another. One in six Americans are living in distressed communities nationwide. … By:…

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Letters: Diplomacy abroad, ‘left behind’ communities and more

/   John Lettieri and Steve Glickman, Ithaca Journal

Many Americans still feel left behind by the recent economic recovery. Our research shows that these anxieties are not misplaced. Economic well-being varies drastically between communities, often blocks apart from one another. One in six Americans are living in distressed communities nationwide, rural and urban alike. … By: John Lettieri and Steve Glickman, Ithaca Journal…

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The Real Lesson From the Virginia Governor’s Race

/   Ross Baird, Real Clear Politics

Despite a net increase in entrepreneurial activity across the country since the end of the Great Recession, according to the bipartisan Economic Innovation Group, the majority of pivot counties have seen a decline during that period. This includes all five pivot counties in Virginia. … By: Ross Baird, Real Clear Politics Read the full article…

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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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