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A Spotlight on Infrastructure

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What If Americans Invested Stock in Distressed Cities?

/   Liz Farmer, GOVERNING

Economists have a new idea that could revolutionize how struggling cities attract private funds.






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Idea: Redevelop Distressed Neighborhoods With Venture Capital and 401(k)s

Based on a lot of macro-economic indicators, the country has rebounded quite impressively in the years since the Great Recession. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has more than doubled since 2009. National unemployment stands at 5.5 percent — almost half of what is was during the darkest days. The GDP is climbing past pre-recession levels. But it’s no mystery…

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The Six Most Important Things Said at #RethinkRenewal

Yesterday marked EIG’s first policy event, Rethinking Economic Renewal, hosted by The Atlantic. The event brought together experts and policymakers – from opposite sides of the aisle – to discuss new approaches to revitalizing America’s distressed communities. The first panel featured EIG’s Economic Advisory Board Co-chairs, Kevin Hassett and Jared Bernstein, along with Amy Liu from the Metropolitan Policy Program at…

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Unlocking Private Capital to Facilitate Economic Growth in Distressed Areas

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“Middle-aged Capitalism” and the Decline of Entrepreneurship

Robert J. Samuelson has a must-read piece today in the Washington Post entitled “America’s middle-aged capitalism.”






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