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Heartland Summit

The mission of the Heartland Summit is to showcase the exciting innovation happening between the coasts, spark frank conversations about the challenges the region is facing, and build networks to sustain economic growth and power problem solving across the country.

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Despite Reopening Economies, Insured nemployment Rates Rise in 13 States

As states continue to reopen their economies, insured unemployment rates fell in 37 states, indicating that fewer workers are receiving unemployment insurance benefits. However, 13 states saw their insured unemployment rate increase, and factors like limited capacity requirements at restaurants and retailers, consumer fears, and supply chain disruptions continued to weigh down employment growth.

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Entrepreneurs are key to Tennessee's economic recovery | Opinion

Ross DeVol, Guest columnist

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Twenty Top Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Across America

Heartland Forward, identified 20 top entrepreneurial ecosystems across America based on the share of employment by small firms, and the number of college-educated employees in those firms.

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Return of Employment Slow, Millions Still Seek Unemployment Assistance

This week’s report revealed that roughly 1.9 million initial claims for unemployment insurance were filed the week ending May 23, 2020. An additional 1.2 million claims were filed for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

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Heartland Forward expands research efforts with addition of new fellow

Yee-Lin Lai, specialist in entrepreneurial development, joins the “think and do” tank as a fellow

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Heartland Forward welcomes new Summer intern

Browning will dedicate time to supporting the innovation and entrepreneurship program

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A 10-Point Plan to Reopening with Richard Florida

Richard Florida, Heartland Forward Senior Fellow, University of Toronto Professor, and NYU Fellow, discusses his co-authored 10-point plan on how cities can prepare for the future.

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Young firms and the entrepreneurial ecosystems that spawned and nurtured them

COVID-19 Consequences for Manufacturing

Manufacturing faces increased job losses due to COVID-19, but this presents the industry an opportunity to re-evaluate supply chains, introduce new products, and innovate – to leverage the Heartland’s resources and build resilient economies.

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Panelist Ross DeVol and others provide insight into the COVID-19 Heartland aftermath.

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In a conversation with Heartland Summit Executive Director, Angie Cooper

New Research Finds Increasing Millennial Migration And Economic Opportunity In The Heartland

Heartland Forward Senior Fellow Joel Kotkin and his contributors address a fundamental topic for future economic success in the Heartland

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