Many Americans still aren’t feeling the recovery from the Great Recession, and the state of our economy is too complex to be captured by political slogans or broad, national numbers that only tell one story for millions of people. That’s why EIG is building a richer understanding of our economic well-being by closely examining geographic inequality, down to the zip code level, in our Distressed Communities Index and exploring economic sentiment in our Swing State Survey.

Leaders from both parties agree that new economic solutions are needed, and it’s time to hear from the candidates running to be the next President of the United States on how they would tackle some of the most challenging public policy issues of our time.

That’s why EIG is excited to announce that we will be co-sponsoring the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity in the new year in Columbia, South Carolina. This will be the first presidential forum to focus exclusively on economic policy solutions to combat poverty and grow opportunity where it’s needed most.

EIG will be working with the Jack Kemp Foundation, Opportunity Lives and the American Enterprise Institute to hear from six GOP candidates on their ideas for expanding opportunity in America. The forum will be moderated by Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Tim Scott. Florida Governor Jeb Bush, retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, business leader Carly Fiorina, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio will participate in the forum.

We hope you can join us. Public registration and media registration for the forum is now open. It will take place on January 9, 2016, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The event will be livestreamed, and the audience can follow along on social media with the hashtag #KempForum16. More details to follow. Please reach out to [email protected] for more information.

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