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The Truth About D.C.'s Growing Knowledge-Based Economy

October 31, 2013 Washington, D.C., has always been known as a city of power. But beyond politics and diplomacy, it is now the center of a big, dynamic, successful and diverse economy, one that is quickly becoming an important player on the global stage. As I wrote in last month in The Atlantic, ...

In Search of the Entrepreneurial Personalities of Specific Places

May 30, 2013 As I've noted many times before, entrepreneurship is a key driver of innovation and economic growth. But we also know that entrepreneurship is spiky — not everyone becomes an entrepreneur, and not all places foster this kind of growth. Economists, mayors, and economic development officials as well as venture capitalists, ...

Americans trust local governments, even as faith in Washington crumbles

September 27, 2012 Americans' faith in the feds is fading, but trust in state and local government is rising substantially. According to survey results released Wednesday by the Gallup organization, roughly two-thirds of Americans express a fair or great deal of trust in state government and even more — almost three-quarters — trust ...

Americans trust local government more than Washington

May 9, 2012 With partisan gridlock and congressional dysfunction, Americans may have lost faith in their federal government, but an overwhelming majority view state and local government favorably. More than 6 in 10 Americans hold favorable views of state and local government, while just 33 percent view the federal government favorably – down ...