What is rural?
Is Racial Economic Inequality Worse in Rural Areas? Spoiler Alert: It Ain’t
Not Everyone Wants to Be an Angel – Especially in the Heartland
Briefing: Manufacturing in the Heartland by Business Forward
Reshoring America: Where to start?
Our mission is to improve the economic performance in the center of the United States by advocating for fact-based solutions to foster job creation, knowledge-based and inclusive growth, and improved health outcomes.
Heartland bythe Numbers
Click the dots to see what we’ve said about America’s small towns (micros) and cities (metros).
Champaign-Urbana, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area
303rd out of 379 Most Dynamic Metros Index
Closest Z-Score Rankings
Rome, GA Metropolitan Statistical AreaMobile, AL Metropolitan Statistical AreaDayton, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
MEET US IN THE MIDDLE. Heartland Summit, our flagship event, brings together leading thinkers, innovators and investors - showcasing the exciting innovation happening between the coasts, sparking frank conversations about the challenges the region is facing and the opportunity to build networks to sustain economic growth and power problem solving across the country.
Heartland Forward is the only think and do tank dedicated to improving economic performance in America's Heartland. We believe the Heartland is a storehouse of economic potential that is too often overlooked in national policy discussions.