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Toledo inching up metropolitan living list, sits now at 71st

/   Ignazio Messina, The Toledo Blade

Toledo inched its way up an annual list of best places to live, rising four spots from where it placed last year. A new ranking — the 2017 Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report — placed Toledo 71st out of the United States’ 100 largest metro areas. Last year, the city…

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It’s time to back this bipartisan plan to boost America’s communities

/   Chris Camacho, The Hill

Nearly a year ago today, the Economic Innovation Group—an organization that advocates for policy nationally to address economic issues—released the Distressed Communities Index, an interactive tool that identifies areas experiencing economic prosperity and distress. The data revealed quite a large number of communities are operating under economic distress, and as a result are now seeking…

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As small businesses struggle, these U.S. cities are helping entrepreneurs thrive

/   Patrick Sisson, Curbed

Whether it’s a single block of stores in an idyllic small town or the business district of a bustling urban square, every vision of Main Street America has something in common: a panoply of small businesses, symbols of American opportunity and success. But in today’s economy, that vision often looks as realistic as a Rockwell…

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Is the U.S. Economy Too Dynamic, or Not Dynamic Enough?

/   Neil Irwin, The New York Times

If you’re an economic technocrat staring at a dashboard of official indicators of how the United States is doing, these look like pretty good times. The unemployment rate is low. Gross domestic product is growing. Wages are rising a good bit faster than inflation, which is very modest. These may not be all-out boom times,…

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Investing in Opportunity Act Reintroduced.

/   Staff, Engine

On Thursday, Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representatives Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Ron Kind (D-WI), reintroduced the Investing in Opportunity Act, a bill that would expand access to capital for economically distressed communities. Engine welcomed the bill, noting in a statement that “the biggest challenges faced by startups in emerging communities…

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Bipartisan Group Eyes Tax Overhaul for Anti-Poverty Push

/   Bridget Bowman, Roll Call

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is hoping its anti-poverty legislation will become law this year as part of a broader push for a tax overhaul. “We are teed up for success in this Congress,” Sen. Tim Scott said. “The realistic opportunity for tax reform was not last Congress. It’s this Congress.” The South Carolina Republican teamed up with Democratic…

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