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

In April 2020, EIG began tracking COVID-19’s impact on prospective entrepreneurial …
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Comparing Tranches 1 and 2 of the Paycheck Protection Program

The SBA recently released data on the second tranche of the Paycheck Protection Progr…
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The Neighborhood Poverty Project

In the span of just a few weeks, the U.S. economy went from “recession proof” to …
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Breaking Down Tranche 1 of Paycheck Protection Program Loans by State and Industry 

The SBA has released data on the first tranche of loans awarded through the Paycheck …
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New Data Foreshadow COVID-19’s Impact on Business Formation and Entrepreneurship

By Nora Esposito and Kenan Fikri While the unprecedented toll the COVID-19-induced sh…
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The Paycheck Protection Program Needs Fundamental Improvements, Not Just More Funding

By John Lettieri Congress enacted the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), an emergency…
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How Congress Can Fix the Paycheck Protection Program

By John Lettieri America’s small businesses are facing unprecedented challenges due…
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Minority- and women-owned businesses tend to be younger, making them more vulnerable in the coming recession

By August Benzow and Nora Esposito The U.S. economy is falling into a recession of un…
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The Unique Challenges COVID-19 Poses to America’s Distressed Communities

By Daniel Newman and Kenan Fikri Americans living in distressed communities are about…
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Understanding the Paycheck Protection Program

A Lifeline for Small Businesses Included in the Phase III COVID-19 Relief Bill By Joh…
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Policy responses to the Great Recession failed entrepreneurs; We can’t make that mistake again

By: Kenan Fikri Americans are losing their jobs. Production lines are halting. Main S…
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How to Rescue Main Street From Coronavirus Before It’s Too Late

A tidal wave of insolvency is about to crash on the American small business community…
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Mapping Hospitals and Well-being

Key Findings Hospital beds are disproportionately located in distressed communities, …
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Searching for a Heartland Revival

Today, The Wall Street Journal ran a story examining South Bend’s economic perf…
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Which Cities Have the Greatest (and Growing) Share of Prime Age Workers?

By: Daniel Newman and Kenan Fikri    Key Findings The share of the country’s …
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Opportunity Zones Activity Map

An online portal highlighting some of the most innovative and impactful publicly-anno…
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Noncompete Agreements and American Workers – Testimony before the Senate Committee on Small Business

By: John W. Lettieri, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Innovatio…
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A Republic of Equals: Author Q&A with Jonathan Rothwell

This article is the third installment of EIG’s Author Series, in which we invite ex…
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Sorting America: A Novel Socioeconomic Mapping of the United States

National statistics too often obscure the underlying diversity of local economies and…
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Can Opportunity Zones Address Concerns in the Small Business Economy? – Testimony Before the House Committee on Small Business

Watch the Full Testimony By: John W. Lettieri, President and Chief Executive Officer …
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Japan-level Demographic Decline is Widespread Across the US

Over the last decade, Japan’s population shrank by 1 percent and its prime working …
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Why is San Jose Growing While Cleveland Shrinks? Maybe It’s Immigration and Not the Weather

Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland   Key Findings Immigration play…
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The Flipped Counties of 2016 Still Lagging Behind

By: Kenan Fikri, August Benzow, and Nora Esposito   Key Findings: The economic t…
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Manufacturing’s Real But Patchwork Rebound

By: Kenan Fikri and August Benzow Key Findings Manufacturing job growth accelerated a…
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Towards a more socially and spatially inclusive innovation economy

By Kenan Fikri, Research Director, Economic Innovation Group The innovation- and tech…
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The Divided City: An Author Q&A with Alan Mallach

This article is the second in a new EIG Authors Series in which we explore policy iss…
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From Managing Decline to Building the Future: Could a Heartland Visa Help Struggling Regions?

by Kenan Fikri and John Lettieri…
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Small Business and the American Worker – Testimony before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Chairman Rubio, Ranking Member Cardin, and members of the committee, thank you for in…
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The Use, Abuse, and Enforceability of Non-Compete and No-Poach Agreements

By Evan Starr, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of …
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2016 was best year for business formation since the recession, but hold the fireworks

First, the good news The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its 2016 Business Dynam…
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The State of Socioeconomic Need and Community Change in Opportunity Zones

This paper offers a detailed baselining of prevailing social and economic conditions …
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The Once and Future Worker: A Q&A with author Oren Cass

This article is the first in a new EIG Authors Series in which we explore policy issu…
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2018 Midterm Analysis

Thriving areas are poised to determine the 2018 midterms. Amid all the polarization a…
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From Great Recession to Great Reshuffling

Charting a Decade of Change Across American Communities…
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Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Hearing on Expanding Opportunities for Small Businesses Through the Tax Code


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Opportunity Zones: The Map Comes Into Focus

Key takeaways: The first phase of Opportunity Zones implementation is now complete: T…
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Escape Velocity

How Elite Communities Are Pulling Away in the 21st Century Race for Jobs, Businesses,…
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Joint Economic Committee Hearing on The Promise of Opportunity Zones

May 17, 2018: John W Lettieri, Economic Innovation Group *Watch the full hearing here…
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The 2017 Distressed Communities Index

The Distressed Communities Index (DCI) combines seven complementary metrics into a br…
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Latest Data Show Entrepreneurship Remains Subdued in the United States

The U.S. Census Bureau released the latest annual update of its Business Dynamics St…
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Index of State Dynamism

The Index of State Dynamism (ISD) combines seven economic indicators into a single me…
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Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Hearing on The Challenges and Opportunities of Running a Small Business in Rural America

April 26, 2017: John W Lettieri, Economic Innovation Group *Watch the full hearing he…
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Joint Economic Committee Hearing on the Decline of Economic Opportunity in the United States: Causes and Consequences

April 5, 2017: John W Lettieri, Economic Innovation Group *Watch the full hearing her…
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Is the American Dream Alive or Dead? It Depends on Where You Look

EIG has joined county-level data from our Distressed Communities Index (DCI) with the…
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Dynamism in Retreat

It may come as a surprise that Americans are less likely to start a business, move to…
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How Struggling Local Economies Helped Decide the 2016 Election

Tomorrow, Donald Trump will be sworn in as America’s 45th president. While there is…
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The Millennial Economy

Millennials are the future of the U.S. economy. But when it comes to their future, an…
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The New Map of Economic Growth and Recovery

The New Map of Economic Growth and Recovery surveys the economic landscape emerging f…
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The 2016 Distressed Communities Index

Use the Distressed Communities Index to dive into data on economic distress for more…
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Swing State Survey

The Economic Innovation Group (EIG) released a new survey that examines economic sent…
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Unlocking Private Capital to Facilitate Economic Growth in Distressed Areas

Download Research: Unlocking Private Capital to Facilitate Growth in Distressed Areas…
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Beneath the Recovery: Obstacles to Growth and Opportunity in the New Economy

Download Research: Beneath the Recovery – Obstacles to Growth and Opportunity in th…
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