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Big Tech Money and the Tricky Business of Policy Influence

/   David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy

But it’s hard to imagine today’s tech leaders having the same patience with policy and advocacy. Sean Parker is putting money into an interesting Washington think tank, the Economic Innovation Group, that’s thinking outside the box. But does Parker have the endurance to back that group for decades, which is how long it can take…

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2016: A Year Defined by America’s Diverging Economies

/   Annie Lowrey, The Atlantic

According to a report from the Economic Innovation Group, an entrepreneurship-oriented research and advocacy organization, the economy is growing more and more reliant on a smaller and smaller number of “super-performing” counties, some of them in or near Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City. Just 20 counties, out of more than 3,000 nationwide, accounted…

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The best way to grow and sustain a strong economy is not easy

/   Chris Camacho, The Hill

Our government cannot spur job creation and support economic sustainability with one singular fix. At best, the approach to modernizing economic development at the federal level is an incredibly nuanced and dynamic process that will require unprecedented collaboration. We’re fresh off a campaign cycle that shouted everything that is wrong with our economy. It became…

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Economic Innovation Group Applauds the Signing of the 21st Century Cures Act

Washington, D.C. – The Economic Innovation Group (EIG) praised the 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law today by President Barack Obama. This bipartisan legislation will significantly increase funding for scientific and medical research, and strengthen the process of translating scientific innovations into life-saving treatments for patients. “I applaud President Obama’s signing of…

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Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy an extra 2 decades

/   Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News

The 15-year average difference between wealthy and poor San Antonio zip codes is bigger than the difference between the average life expectancy in the U.S. (79.3 years) and Ethiopia (64.8 years), according to the World Health Organization. The health differences between neighborhoods in my city seem to me nasty and brutish. The disparity is an…

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Why Buying American Strengthens Our Independence

/   Mike Axe, American Made Matters

The gradual move from the Industrial Age into the Information Age has had a drastic effect on communities globally. Locations that provided work through mining and manufacturing have taken a knock, unemployment and despair is rife in places that were once vibrant and full of hope. It has been recognized that the greatest remedy to…

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