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Which Small Towns Attract Start-ups and Why


November 12, 2020

AMES, Iowa - While many small rural towns face economic distress, some manage to overcome the odds to succeed in attracting new firms and job opportunities.

It’s well-known that small rural towns often face economic distress. Along with losses of established businesses, rates of self-employment have fallen in rural towns of all sizes. Towns with a population of 10,000 or less had the largest decline and an even greater decline in employment rates.

Attracting new business startups in small towns is difficult, but some communities continue to survive and even thrive. What characteristics do...

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