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The American Dream Is on the Ropes

/   Steve Glickman and John Lettieri, The Daily Beast

The United States has long been characterized as a land of opportunity—a place where hard work and ingenuity allow a person to rise, a place where merit trumps birth status. But Americans are increasingly skeptical that life will be better for the next generation—and with good reason. Recent research suggests the U.S. is a country…

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American Entrepreneurship in Decline

/   Steve Glickman and John Lettieri, The Daily Beast

The United States has always been a nation of entrepreneurs, the upstarts who take risks and challenge the established order so they can build a better life. But Americans today are less likely to change jobs, relocate, or start a company than in recent decades. This decline in entrepreneurship is one of the fundamental challenges…

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Looking At Blight In East Cleveland, A City Hit Hard By The Housing Crisis

/   Robin Young, WBUR

Something we’re not hearing about, from politicians in either party, is the housing crisis. In many places it is not over — including Cleveland. A new study from the Economic Innovation Group, an advocacy group, named Cleveland the most distressed large city in the U.S., when measured by the number of residents below the poverty…

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DIVIDED AMERICA: To some, Trump is a desperate survival bid

/   Claire Garofaro, Associated Press

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — Mike Kirk leans across the counter of the pawnshop where he works for $11 an hour. It’s less than half what he made in the mines, but the best he can do these days. He and two customers ponder what this city might look like in 10 years if nothing changes….

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EIG’s Quarterly Entrepreneurship Reading Guide: Summer 2016

The latest and greatest research and commentary from the field. This quarter’s reading guide reviews the latest hearings, reports, and commentary on all things entrepreneurship. It goes in-depth on communities underrepresented in the nation’s startup landscape and focuses on access to capital as well.  Check out the book recommendations for some summer beach readings too….

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As GOP convenes, a tale of two Clevelands

/   Ed Leefeldt, CBS News

Clevelanders, who reside in a city that LeBron James calls “the Land,” have a lot to be proud of: a vibrant downtown; two top professional sports teams, the NBA champion Cavaliers and the Indians baseball franchise; and the venerable Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But, most important, Cleveland is a city that survived recession,…

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