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A First in Decades, More Businesses Are Closing Than Opening in Most Metro Areas

/   Mike Maciag, Governing

In most metro areas, more businesses are closing up shop than opening their doors, a worrying trend several years into the economic recovery. A new report from the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) highlights the declining number of new startups, revealing a stark reversal from decades of growth. To make matters worse, much of the new…

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Bringing jobs to Wisconsin communities

/   Rep. Ron Kind, Pierce County Herald

For generations, communities across Wisconsin have worked hard to grow the crops that feed our state and our country, manufactured machinery and products that keep us safe, and started small businesses that create jobs and grow the local economy. However, in the last decade, many of these same Wisconsin communities have seen jobs leave and…

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Small business climate hazy

/   Robert Downen, Albany Times Union

For the first time on record, American small businesses are closing faster than opening, a troubling sign as large corporations and cities see increasingly large shares of all post-recession gains. That trend was exacerbated as access to equity, credit and bank loans was rocked by the 2008 downturn, according to a new report from the…

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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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