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Ernest and Camryn Smith explain the work made by the Durham Council.

What We Learned and Where We Go From Here: Reflections from the Forward Cities Councils

While Cleveland, Durham, Detroit and New Orleans each have their own personality, struggles and entrepreneurial communities, it quickly became evident during the recent Cleveland convening that some of Forward Cities’ greatest accomplishments were achieved by learning from each other.  

Mardi Gras Indians Cleveland Convening

The Importance of the Mardi Gras Indians to New Orleans

Being a part of Forward Cities has been an eye opening experience since it has provided us the opportunity to learn from efforts, in New Orleans and the other participating cities, to include and connect minority small businesses like ours to other community partners and anchor institutions that can support and create change in our neighborhoods.

Denise Byrne, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Walter Isaacson and Christopher Gergen

A Magical Moment in Cleveland

Culminating over two years of work, the Cleveland convening marked another watershed moment for our community. Gone were the general abstractions about the obvious importance of this work. Rather, generalities were replaced by honest conversation and tangible examples of inclusive innovation work. 

Kathryn Pettit Day 3 Cleveland

Still to Come: Urban Institute Measures the Impact of Forward Cities

Thursday morning during the Cleveland Convening, Kathy Pettit, senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, presented the Urban Institute's initial findings on Forward Cities' local and national research products and their impact. 

Marianne O'Brien Markowitz

SBA Regional Administrator on Inclusive Entrepreneurship

When we look at Forward Cities' focus on inclusive innovation, and its place in Cleveland’s emergence, we recognize the key part small businesses play in making Cleveland’s, as well as America’s, vision a reality.
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