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

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The Dividing Line Between Upstate NY Distress and PA Success

/   Tom Shepstone, Natural Gas Now

Why Plymouth? Well, it has to do with an interesting article the other day that caught my attention. It was about the “most distressed places in Upstate NY” and listed “53 communities struggling to get by,” ranking them from bottom to top. I perused the list and saw the most distressed place in Upstate New…

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Sinclair San Antonio, Folo Media partner for TV special on S.A.’s inequality crisis

/   Ben Olivo, 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 Two Wisconsins

/   Marc Eisen, Isthmus

Today, while Dane County booms and the bigger cities in the Fox River Valley and western Wisconsin prosper, the rest of the state is largely mired in a downturn that is a recession in all but name. Wisconsin is not alone. This dichotomy is also America’s story, as the Economic Innovation Group, a centrist research…

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SAISD Plans to Tackle Poverty One School at a Time

/   Bekah McNeel, Rivard Report

Over the past five years, the Pew Research Center and urban studies theorist Richard Florida have ranked San Antonio as the most economically segregated city in the U.S., and the most recent Distressed Communities Index from the Economic Innovation Group supports these findings. The greater San Antonio area’s 16 independent school districts are clear indicators…

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Growing local economies

/   Senator Shelley Moore Capito, The Inter-Mountain

According to a new report from the Economic Innovation Group, more than one third of West Virginians live in distressed communities. After onerous regulations targeted West Virginia for nearly a decade, it’s no surprise that many are out of work and our local communities are struggling. Between 2011 and 2015, these communities lost jobs and…

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We won’t be rebuilding Houston any time soon

/   Todd Hitt, The Washington Post

The Economic Innovation Group recently reported last week that the vast majority of new jobs created in our country are in the nation’s wealthiest neighborhoods. Poorer communities are losing businesses and entrepreneurs. Individuals in these communities have few opportunities, and, according to the EIG, most are relying on a high school diploma or less to…

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