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Bipartisan Legislation Looks to Boost Private Investment in Distressed Communities

/   Staff, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

Sometimes it feels as though there is nothing our policymakers in Washington can agree upon. But amid the discord affecting our nation’s capital is a glimmer of hope: Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Congressmen Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Rob Kind (D-WI) have reintroduced legislation that would incentivize the private sector to…

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Congress seeks Trump’s support for investment in distressed communities

/   Kirill Abbakumov, International Economic Development Council

Congressional lawmakers in both chambers aim to obtain support from President Donald Trump for new incentives to help economically distressed communities. Since the beginning of 2017, a group of Republicans have been working to pitch tax incentives for financially troubles areas to President Trump and other administration officials. They are echoing Trump’s calls to revitalize…

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America’s Major Market Power Problem – Episode 13 of the Building Local Power Podcast

/   Christopher Mitchell & Stacy Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the ILSR and director of the Community-Scaled Economies initiative. The two discuss the environment for small businesses in the United States, especially noting the fact that the rate of small business creation is at one of its…

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Weathersbee: Inclusion goal is only fair after tax breaks.

/   Tonyaa Weathersbee, The Commercial Appeal

Fair because the taxes that are being lost could be used to bolster the schools and other services in the distressed, predominantly African-American communities that many of those construction workers will likely come from. “That’s the problem for a very revenue constrained place like Memphis,” Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First, told me….

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John Lettieri from the Economic Innovation Group

/   Shannon Scott, The Ross Kaminsky Show

Each weekday morning from 5AM to 10AM, Ross brings a fresh perspective to the news, politics, culture and everyday life. For Ross, it’s all about great ideas, freedom, and fun…and not about labels, about “us versus them,” or about assuming that a disagreement means someone has bad intentions. Economic Innovation Group’s John Lettieri joins Ross…

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Solution to revitalize Ohio’s ‘left behind’ communities

/   John Lettieri, The Columbus Dispatch

Survey after survey reveals a large percentage of Americans remain concerned about their economic well-being. Our research shows these anxieties are not misplaced. The U.S. economy has become less dynamic since the Great Recession — more businesses have closed than opened, the rate of new business formation remains near an all-time low, and workers are…

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