Huge Swaths Of America’s Communities Are Economically Stagnant: How Can We Make Them Grow?

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Most prosperous places in Upstate NY: 65 flourishing towns and cities, ranked

/   Ben Axelson, New York Upstate

Upstate New York is home to a fiscally diverse group of communities ranging from the very poor and economically unstable to the prosperous and wealthy. Data gathered and aggregated by the Economic Innovation Group, a public policy research operation, maps out the most well-off communities across the entire country by state, county and zip code….

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Indianapolis bucks the trend to become a hotbed for startups

/   Kim Hart, Axios

Indianapolis is a thriving business center where the startup rate far outpaces the rest of the state — 7.3% vs. 6.2% statewide. That high rate likely helps explain its resilience and growth during what has been a rough recovery for much of the region, according to an analysis of Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor…

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Inequality: San Antonio’s Silent Crisis

/   Ben Olivo, Folo Media/Fox San Antonio

Last year, a national study called the Distressed Communities Index, put out by the D.C.-based Economic Innovation Group, showed that San Antonio leads the nation in spatial inequality — meaning this city had the largest disparity between the poorest and richest zip codes — 78207, the near West Side; and 78258, largely Stone Oak. ……

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The challenge – and opportunity – in America’s geography of distress

/   Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor

Many Americans live in prosperous communities, but about 1 in 6 lives in a distressed ZIP Code. The challenge includes lots of “old-industry” cities in the Northeast and Midwest, as well as much of the rural South. Steven Glickman of the Economic Innovation Group, which conducted the research, says the inequality is fueled not just by…

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Study: ‘Distressed’ communities not gaining as economy recovers

/   Nicole Raz and Katelyn Newberg, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Wesley’s barbershop is in a “distressed community” while Mario’s barber shop is in a “prosperous community,” according to the Economic Innovation Group’s 2017 Distressed Communities Index, released Sept. 25. “Policymakers for several years have been talking about the national gains we are seeing as part of the economic recovery,” EIG co-founder Steve Glickman said. The…

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Here Are The Top 10 Most Prosperous Cities In The Country

/   Randy DeSoto, Western Journalism

An Arizona city was determined to be the most prosperous in the United States. Two other cities in the state made the top 10, while the most distressed cities tended to be in the Northeast and Midwest parts of the country. Gilbert, Arizona, a city of approximately 240,000 people located about 20 miles southeast of…

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