4 Ways City Leaders Can Boost Entrepreneurship and Propel Economic Growth

Recently, the National League of Cities released their 2015 Cities and Unequal Recovery Report. This report detailed the changes of economic condition in various cities across the United States and what factors drove economic change.

Using data from this report, we looked to see if the perceptions of city leaders accurately reflected the reality of entrepreneurial growth in their cities. We also give four actionable steps to help boost entrepreneurship in cities.

Check out our guest post on the Cities Speak blog.

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Josh Russell

Josh Russell is a research assistant in Research and Policy for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, providing support with research and grants related to entrepreneurship and education.

Jason Wiens

Jason Wiens is policy director in Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he leads the Foundation’s policy outreach and education initiatives to federal, state, and local elected officials. Wiens also oversees a grant portfolio of policy-related research and is the lead author of the Entrepreneurship Policy Digest. His writing has appeared in Roll Call, The Hill, Washington Monthly, Real Clear Policy, and Forbes.

Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Wiens was deputy legislative director for U.S. Senator Jerry Moran where he provided counsel to the Senator and oversaw the development and implementation of the Senator’s legislative agenda. He led bipartisan efforts in the U.S. Senate related to entrepreneurship, immigration, and economic mobility.

Wiens earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science with a minor in sociology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.