Economic Development Forum to Take Place Ahead of GOP Debate

Washington, D.C. – Lincoln Network and the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) are partnering to convene a group of leading entrepreneurs and investors for a conversation about how entrepreneurship is impacting the U.S. economy. The event, “State of the Startup Nation: How Entrepreneurship is Transforming America’s Economy,” will take place in downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday, December 15th, from 9:00am to 12:00pm PST, preceding the Republican presidential debate hosted in Las Vegas the same day.

“Entrepreneurship has always been the primary economic driver in our country, for both urban and rural communities,” said Garrett Johnson, Co-Founder of Lincoln Network. “More needs to be done to highlight the risk-takers who are transforming cities with innovative approaches and to replicate their success. We welcome the opportunity to work alongside the Economic Innovation Group to elevate this important discussion on the national stage.”

“Reversing the decline in entrepreneurship should be a top priority for our next president,” said John Lettieri, Co-Founder and head of public policy for EIG.  “Our nation’s economic competitiveness and innovative edge are rooted in entrepreneurship. We hope this event brings greater attention to the need for policies to encourage entrepreneurial ecosystems to take root throughout our country — especially in regions that have seen slow, uneven growth since the Great Recession.”

Prior to the event, EIG and Lincoln Network will welcome panelists and presidential campaign staff to Las Vegas with a reception on the Strip on Monday, December 14th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm PST.


About Lincoln Network

Lincoln Network, formerly known as Lincoln Labs, was born from the optimistic view that when technology and public policy meet, under the right conditions and with the right tools, both worlds win. Through hackathons, meetups and online engagement, we provide opportunities for the entrepreneurial community to come together and both collaborate on and learn about market-based, tech-powered solutions to our nation’s biggest problems.

About the Economic Innovation Group (EIG)

EIG is an ideas laboratory and advocacy organization whose mission is to advance solutions that empower entrepreneurs and investors to forge a more dynamic American economy. EIG is led by a bipartisan executive team including former Obama Administration senior economic advisor Steve Glickman and former Republican Senate aide and trade association executive John Lettieri. EIG’s “Founders Circle” includes: Sean Parker, Chairman of Brigade, Founding President of Facebook, and Co-Founder of Napster; Ron Conway, legendary tech investor and Founder of SV Angel; Dan Gilbert, Founder and CEO of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures; Rebecca Lynn, Co-Founder of Canvas Venture Fund; Joseph Sanberg, Co-Founder of and Pt Capital; Dana Settle, Co-Founder of Greycroft Partners; and Ted Ullyot, Partner for Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Andreessen Horowitz. The EIG Economic Advisory Board is Co-Chaired by Dr. Kevin Hassett, Director of Economic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and former advisor to several Republican presidential candidates, and Dr. Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities and former Chief Economist to Vice President Joseph Biden. Other members include Dr. Steven Davis and Dr. Austan Goolsbee at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Dr. Kenneth Rogoff at Harvard University, and Dr. Matthew Slaughter at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.


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