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Distressed Communities Index

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Weekly Update on COVID-19’s Impact on Business Formation and Entrepreneurship

EIG is tracking COVID-19’s impact on prospective entrepreneurial activity in the United States with weekly data on business formation provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. The statistics below focus on “high-propensity” business applications, a specific subset of applications for new Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) identified by the Census Bureau as having a high likelihood of…

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Black neighborhoods, many haunted by blight and crime, deserve to feel ‘prosperous’ too

/   Roy S. Johnson, AL.com

We are what we see. It’s natural. It’s unavoidable. It’s real. Very real. It’s why we clean our rooms, why we organize our desk (or kitchen table, even if Zoom callers can’t see the chaos). It’s why we choose our attire carefully each morning, ensure it’s ironed, and coordinated (at least from the waist up)….

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Making a New Start in a Business of Their Own

/   Kerry Hannon, New York Times

In April, Dave Summers lost his job as director of digital media productions at the American Management Association, a casualty of layoffs brought on by the pandemic. Mr. Summers, 60, swiftly launched his own business as a digital media producer, coach and animator who creates podcasts, webcasts and video blogs. Read more here. 

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OZ Webinar Series: Evaluating the Impact of Opportunity Zones Investments

Join the Economic Innovation Group on Thursday, October 29 to learn about the methods Opportunity Fund managers are using to screen investment opportunities for impact. Guest speakers from Catalyst Opportunity Funds and NES Financial will share details about the proprietary frameworks they currently employ to guide Opportunity Zones (OZ) investment...

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EIG Webinar | Results and Analysis: 2020 Distressed Communities Index

This is a past event. View a recording of the webinar for more information. Join the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) on Tuesday, October 20th at 2:00 pm ET for a webinar on the findings from EIG’s latest Distressed Communities Index (DCI), “The Spaces Between Us: The Evolution of American Communities in...

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OZ Webinar Series: Discussing the Needs of Children in Opportunity Zones

This is a past event. View a recording of the webinar and EIG’s key takeaways for more information. The Economic Innovation Group (EIG), with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, released a report on September 15 that explores the environmental conditions faced by children growing up in some of the nation’s most distressed communities....

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