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First-Of-Its-Kind Institute Will Focus On Research And Policy Recommendations To Foster Economic Renewal In America's Heartland

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The American Heartland's Position in the Innovation Economy

Heartland States Lag Behind Coastal States in the Innovation Economy

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Incentivize Entrepreneurial Behaviors at Universities – Especially in the Heartland

For more than half a century the U.S. has maintained a competitive edge in the world economy in large measure because of its leadership in research and innovation. To assume that this will continue without change is naive.

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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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Perspectives on Defining the American Heartland

There is little written analysis attempting to explain the geography of the American Heartland and the emerging term, New American Heartland, in a cohesive manner. This paper explores the origin of the term, Heartland and traces through a series of predecessor terms and how the use of the American Heartland term evolved over time.

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State of the Heartland: Factbook 2018

The State of the Heartland: Factbook 2018 benchmarks the performance of the 19-state American “Heartland” on 26 socioeconomic measures and is intended to help Heartland leaders and citizens better comprehend the region’s current trajectory at a time of rapid economic and social change.

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