economy

July 03, 2019

We are excited to share our fiscal 2019 annual report. The Economic Growth Institute is expanding its research, company engagement, and education initiatives, which are shared in this year's report. The Institute has provided innovative economic development programming and applied research for over 35 years.  - Economic Growth Institute

June 21, 2019

After 18 months, some communities are starting to see Opportunity Zones (OZ) investments. LISC, a community development entity with a long track record of project finance, has published a new guide to help communities plan to capitalize on the investment. These activities remain heavily focused on real estate projects but may still be informative for groups looking to bolster their regional innovation economy.

June 20, 2019

Prosperity Capitalism is my term for when free enterprise, free markets and democracy thrive so does innovation. Prosperity results when capitalism is enabled by free markets, access to capital, talent and tools. Low regulation is part of the equation, In fact I could argue that the heart of Prosperity Capitalism are democratic values that drive invention, risk and reward.

June 18, 2019

Hundreds of companies began queuing up to testify in Washington on Monday for seven days of hearings on the Trump administration's proposal to jack up tariffs on Chinese imports. A common theme of their testimony: Americans would feel the pinch on everything from mobile phones and laptops to apparel, fireworks and Christmas ornaments.

June 16, 2019

How was the Opportunity Zones initiative created in the first place? And why is this program so radically different from previous place-based policies?

June 16, 2019

America’s corporate tax rate is no longer the most controversial part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. A then-little-known provision establishing tax incentives for investment in Opportunity Zones – legally designated, economically-distressed census tracts - has generated debate nationwide.

June 14, 2019

Once the war ended, American soldiers brought home that innovative spirit that has propelled our economy in the years since World War II. It makes our market-based system the envy of the world. In the intervening 75 years, other countries that cast off their oppressive, totalitarian regimes studied the United States as the economic model. They not only looked at Washington companies such as Boeing, Microsoft and SEL for guidance, but our education as well.

June 06, 2019

U.S. economic growth depends heavily on the performance of individual states. But some contribute more than others. California, for instance, blossomed in 2017 as the fifth largest economy in the world, boasting a GDP larger than that of countries like the U.K., France and India. Meanwhile, Alaska, a state with valuable natural resources, is struggling with the highest unemployment rate in the country, at 6.5%.

June 03, 2019

For the first time in nine years, Singapore surpassed the United States and Hong Kong to clinch the title of the world’s most competitive economy, according to annual rankings compiled by Switzerland-based business school IMD. Speaking to CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” on Wednesday, Arturo Bris -- director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center -- said the Southeast Asian country had been following a simple “recipe for competitiveness.”

June 02, 2019

Millennials have a much lower net worth than previous generations, according to a new study. The average net worth of Americans between the ages of 18 to 35 is less than $8,000 -- about 34 percent lower than in 1996, a Deloitte study published Wednesday found. Despite clichés that millennials are “ruining everything from movies to marriage,” the study found millennials are actually under more economic pressure because of numerous increased costs over the last decade.

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