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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.

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 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.

ScaleUp Partners

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 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.

5 cities across North Carolina benefiting from InnovateNC

InnovateNC was started by a group of 10 statewide partners (including Forward Impact) to achieve three outcomes.

Positioned for growth: Advancing the Oklahoma City innovation district

Two of the region’s largest economic clusters—energy and health care—are undergoing substantial disruption.

Why America’s great cities are becoming more economically segregated

In “The New Urban Crisis,” Richard Florida focuses on what the creative class’s emergence, and the decline of the middle class, have done to cities.

How Chattanooga's fiber network connects more than just people

Brent Messer, chief information officer for the municipal fiber capital of the U.S., says Chattanooga's smart city projects — from a real-time law enforcement analysis center to the city's innovation district — are all slowly headed toward integration.

Three keys to inclusive growth

To create economic opportunities, cities must confront their past—and look to the future.

10 ways to break down barriers for entrepreneurs in your community

Every neighborhood is different, but supporting new businesses comes with some common challenges.

How mayors can drive inclusive growth

In the race to create innovation districts in low-income urban areas, city leaders play a key role.

Connect to compete: Philadelphia’s University City-Center City innovation district

Innovation districts are dense engines of economic activity where research-oriented anchor institutions, high-growth firms, and tech and creative startups exist within an amenity-rich residential and commercial area.
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