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Coronavirus Hits Already-Vulnerable Heartland Oil And Gas Industries Hard

Ross DeVol
The most extensive negative consequences of COVID-19 on the Heartland will be attributable to the related, but indirect impacts, of reduced oil and gas exploration and extraction operations

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Heartland Travel Hubs Face Economic Fall-out from COVID-19

The Heartland is home to a significant portion of the United State’s airlines and aerospace manufacturing. Given the huge drop-off in airline travel and the significant role that travel, tourism, airlines, and aerospace manufacturing play in the Heartland's economy, we wanted to dive into this area further.

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Unemployment Claims Predict Future Economic Impacts of COVID-19

Recent federal changes to the unemployment insurance (UI) program authorized employee eligibility under certain conditions related to COVID-19

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Millennals Find New Hope In The Heartland

The contributors address a fundamental topic for future economic success
in the Heartland: Will Millennials return and remain at higher rates?

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Most Dynamic Micropolitans

Main Street America—and its small towns—is a central component to understanding the economic forces at work across the United States. Dotting the U.S. map—in the Heartland1 and beyond—are 531 small towns, better known as micropolitan statistical areas, which comprise of one or more counties with at least one city with more than 10,000 but less than 50,000 in population.

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How do Research Universities Contribute to Regional Economies?

The American research university is the nation’s best defense against economic competition from the rest of the world. Research shouldn’t be confined to a library, lab, or lecture hall. When it comes to America’s research universities, across the Heartland and beyond, data show that when universities and communities collaborate, the positive impacts on the workforce, tax base, startup activity and economy opportunity grow exponentially.

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5G: Amplifying or bridging the Rural-Urban Divide?

5G, the fifth generation of wireless communications, has the potential to make the opportunity cost of rural living much larger, maybe insurmountably so.

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Micropolitan Success Stories from the Heartland

Smaller locales are not necessarily known for their economic dynamism. Nonetheless, cluster attributes exist through thoughtful guidance. The five communities’ economic successes were not the result of random, serendipitous events.

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