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New Orleans Entrepreneur Week 2015


Detroit Forward Cities Convening


Dequindre Cut in Detroit

Angier-Driver Streetscape Groundbreaking, Durham

The Howlin' Wolf, New Orleans

Forward Cities is a multi-city, national learning collaborative that seeks to develop more inclusive innovation ecosystems in our nation’s cities. In its first two years, Forward Cities sought to advance this work in partnership with four cities: Cleveland, Detroit, New Orleans, and Durham. Drawing on this work and through the support of the Case Foundation and Kresge Foundation, Forward Cities is now working to develop a set of case studies on this work, codify a toolkit for cities interested in fostering inclusive innovation ecosystems, strengthen efforts to grow the number of locally, minority-owned enterprises in the original four Forward Cities, and build a national learning platform and convening strategy with partner organizations to carry this work to many more cities across the country.
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ScaleUp Partners and Forward Cities Team Up: Storytelling Inclusive Innovation Impact

Forward Cities and ScaleUp Partners announced a partnership to raise awareness of under-connected entrepreneurship and inclusive innovation ecosystem development in four U.S. cities: New Orleans, Detroit, Durham and Cleveland.

Johnathan Holifield Speech

Former NFL Player and Author on Inclusive Competitiveness Joins Forward Cities

Forward Cities announced that Johnathan Holifield has assumed the position of Strategic Advisor for the initiative. He will serve as a thought and action partner to Christopher Gergen, co-founder of Forward Cities, who leads the multi-city, national learning collaborative.

Community-based solutions for individuals with autism

Too often, we look at our special needs population through the lens of “disability,” focusing on what they can’t do versus what they can.

Researchers are mapping the racist foundations of Minneapolis housing partners

Like many U.S. cities, Minneapolis is taking a hard look in the mirror and asking itself whether the past honored in public spaces is one that the city wants to celebrate.

National diversity and inclusion campaign places focus on hiring from HBCUs

Jobs R 4 U launches a national diversity and inclusion campaign called HBCU 20x20.

Can we build inclusive, innovative local economies?

A new learning collaborative is charting efforts in four metros to connect minority communities to entrepreneurial resources.

The case for saving the small black city

Wilkinsburg has not succumbed to the momentum to be absorbed into neighboring Pittsburgh. And its first black woman mayor is ramping up the fight to protect her community's distinct interests.

How a surprising partnership will result in internet for Detroiters lacking access

The story of Grace in Action's temporary loss of internet is endemic of a much larger problem in Detroit: complete lack of internet.

Innovation districts: Where talent, institutions, and networks come together

Are innovation districts really a thing?  Can they be the primary engine that fuels economic growth in today's cities?

Chattanooga’s Innovation District revived the city — but is it sustainable?

Chattanooga clung to its old ways and manufacturing past for too long, leaving the former “Dynamo of Dixie” with barren factories and a polluted environment when old-line businesses relocated from Chattanooga to cheaper places offshore.

Chamber and Innovate Raleigh announce partnership to benefit startup community

The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Innovate Raleigh announced a new partnership. 

Four cities learn how to create inclusive communities

The ‘Forward Cities’ learning collaborative includes Durham, Detroit, Cleveland and New Orleans. Forward Cities is set to release “The Promise of Durham,” which tells the story of efforts ongoing by local individuals, organizations and institutions.

Johnathan Holifield offers inclusive solution for economic woes

NFL players spend most of their careers competing on the field, but when it’s time for them to compete at the highest levels of society, too many struggle.
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