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

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Seattle ranks among nation’s least ‘distressed’ cities

/   Jon Talton, The Seattle Times

If we needed another reminder of how good Seattle has it compared with most American cities, here comes the latest Distressed Communities Index from the Economic Innovation Group, a research and advocacy non-profit. Seattle ranks as the seventh most prosperous city among 100 rated. … By: Jon Talton, The Seattle Times Read the full article…

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McDowell County launches new tourism campaign

/   Shauna Johnson, WV Metro News

On the Economic Innovation Group’s recently released 2017 Distressed Communities Index, McDowell County scored in the 100th percentile which was the highest score possible. Factors considered in determining “economic distress” were higher poverty rates, a higher percentage of adults without high school diplomas, negative changes in employment and lower median income rates. … By: Shauna…

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Report: Philadelphia is the largest distressed city in the U.S.

/   Marielle Mondon, PhillyVoice

Philadelphia ranks as the ninth most distressed city in the United States, according to a recent study released by the Economic Innovation Group. The group’s 2017 Distressed Communities Index reflects areas in the U.S. where economic disparity is most felt and areas where the economy seems most successful – painting a bigger picture of a…

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West Virginia conservatives have high hopes for tax reform

/   Alex Thomas, WV Metro News

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said she was excited about what changes to the tax policy could bring to the state. “The main thing the people in West Virginia want is a good job,” she said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “But a good job with more pay, more take-home pay and a higher…

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Outside of Colorado’s corridors of prosperity, these ZIP codes are experiencing the most economic distress

/   Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post

Utah, New Hampshire, Minnesota, North Dakota and Colorado are the U.S. states where the largest share of ZIP codes rank high on measures of economic prosperity. But below Colorado’s banquet table of prosperity that stretches along the Interstate 70 mountain corridor and up and down the spine of the northern Front Range is a region…

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Gilbert, Chandler land atop U.S. list of prosperous areas

/   Wayne Schutsky, East Valley Tribune

The East Valley is rife with prosperity, according to a recent economic analysis of ZIP codes across the country, though that affluence is not evenly distributed throughout the region. The Economic Innovation Group, a bipartisan public policy organization, recently released the 2017 Distressed Communities Index, which analyzes a range of economic factors in communities across…

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