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

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Distress Cure Begins In Shelby County Schools

/   Staff, Smart City Memphis

If the earlier conversation hadn’t been sobering enough, a new study by the Economic Innovation Group confirmed it.  The study concluded that Memphis is the sixth most distressed city among the 100 largest cities in the U.S. That’s #6 of 100 cities, and if that isn’t disturbing enough, the ranking is worse than the previous…

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Economic division runs rampant, ranking shows

/   Thomas Gnau, Dayton Daily News

A new national study shows a measure of economic fragmentation and division across the Dayton area and much of Southwestern Ohio. The Economic Innovation Group released its “distressed communities index” measuring seven areas of economic well-being. … By: Thomas Gnau, Dayton Daily News Read the full article here.

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Parts of Syracuse, city of Fulton among most economically distressed areas in New York

/   Luke Parsnow, CNY Central

The city of Fulton and parts of downtown Syracuse are among the most economically distressed communities in New York, a new report from the Economic Innovation Group shows. The organization recently released their 2017 Distressed Communities Index, which measures the economic well-being of the nation’s towns and cities by combining a series of factors, including…

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As bids for Amazon’s headquarters come due, tech has a chance to spread the wealth

/   Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times

A recent report from the Economic Innovation Group said the nation’s most distressed cities — judged by poverty, job growth and other factors — tend to be former industrial hubs in the Midwest and Northeast. The most prosperous cities tend to be tech hubs or fast-growing places in the Sun Belt with diverse economies. ……

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Study shows Toledo among most distressed large U.S. cities

/   Jon Chavez, The Blade

For several years, an economic malaise has covered metro Toledo’s central city neighborhoods, putting those residing there at an employment, educational, and physical disadvantage compared to the rest of the area. This ongoing problem, which engulfs seven zip codes in the heart of town, places Toledo among the most distressed large cities in the nation,…

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Goodberlet Home Services Inc. in growth mode

/   Lee Provost, Daily Journal

According to a recently released 2017 Distress[ed] Communities Index — a report from the Economic Innovation Group that studies the financial health of people by grouping factors including which county they reside — Kankakee County basically found itself in the middle of the pack. … By: Lee Provost, Daily Journal Read the full article here.

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