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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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From Managing Decline to Building the Future: Could a Heartland Visa Help Struggling Regions?

By Adam Ozimek of Moody’s Analytics with Kenan Fikri and John Lettieri of EIG…
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SCSBE on Small Business and the American Worker


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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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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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