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5 cities across North Carolina benefiting from InnovateNC

It has been two years since five communities across North Carolina embarked on InnovateNC, an effort to accelerate new business starts and small business growth (particularly within disconnected neighborhoods) through a multi-city learning collaborative. Recently, leaders from Wilmington/Carolina Coast, Wilson, Pembroke, Greensboro and Asheville convened for the final time as a group to reflect on progress to date, share their updated strategic plans and discuss next steps. What was abundantly clear: Real strides are being made, and there is much to be learned from this work.

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Positioned for growth: Advancing the Oklahoma City innovation district

In today’s global economy, cities rise above international competitors—or not—based on their ability to innovate not within single industries—autos, steel, energy—but rather by finding new points of convergence across them. The implications of this new competitive landscape for Oklahoma City are significant.

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Why America’s great cities are becoming more economically segregated

Richard Florida became famous among people who think about cities 15 years ago with “The Rise of the Creative Class.” He predicted that postindustrial cities would succeed by focusing on the three Ts: technology, talent and tolerance. People in the “creative class” benefit from density, he said, and would move to places where laws are kind to tech entrepreneurs, where museums provide an evening out and where gay people are comfortable. Indeed, New York recovered its private-sector jobs nearly four years faster than the nation after the Great Recession. Read More

How Chattanooga's fiber network connects more than just people

Chattanooga, Tennessee, gets a lot of attention for its municipal fiber network because it brings unparalleled connectivity to thousands of residents. But it's also enabling another type of connectivity. Dozens of smart city projects are allowing devices to communicate with one another, data points to find new meaning and transportation infrastructure to evolve. Without the baseline support provided by the city's municipal fiber network, city Chief Information Officer Brent Messer says the city wouldn't be the technological leader it is today. Read More
 

Johnathan Holifield offers inclusive solution for economic woes

Former NFL player Johnathan M. Holifield, author of the pioneering book, “The Future Economy and Inclusive Competitiveness: How Demographic Trends and Innovation Can Create Economic Prosperity for All Americans,” believes the same traits that make players successful on the field can be used in society to boost the U.S. economy. Some players, with Clinton Portis being the latest to publicly acknowledge that he’s lost millions of dollars, could retain their money and build wealth in their respective communities by being as competitive off the field as they were on it. Read More
 

Three keys to inclusive growth

Cities are under pressure to deliver on a whole host of national priorities, including addressing the nation’s weak productivity growth, stagnant wages, and stark racial disparities. That’s because Washington, D.C., has made clear that building an inclusive economy is not a top priority. Health care and other supports for low-income, working families are on the chopping block. A robust federal economic growth agenda is missing. And the Trump administration’s budget blueprint and policies indicate that state and local governments, along with the private sector, are expected to step up their investments in key domestic policy areas including infrastructure, basic and applied research, job training, and housing assistance. Read More

10 ways to break down barriers for entrepreneurs in your community

How do you build a thriving community of entrepreneurs? At a time when the doors of economic opportunity seem to be shutting out so many people, entrepreneurship is crucial to local neighborhoods. The Kauffman Foundation’s inaugural ESHIP Summit brought together more than 400 diverse entrepreneurial community leaders from all over the country to answer this question. Read More

How mayors can drive inclusive growth

Until now, most innovation districts grew organically through collaboration between research institutions, companies, and intermediaries. Yet mayors from Boston to Barcelona have shown that mayors can play powerful roles in advancing these dynamic hubs of innovation. One such role is mayor as convener. Mayors can use their soft power to pull together leaders of local institutions to find a set of common interests compelling enough to take a collective approach to innovative growth. The broad, citywide perspective of mayors allows them to see the big picture, drawing important connections between people, places, and ideas. It is this perspective that enables disparate local actors to see what’s possible and collaborate to compete. Read More

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

Philadelphia’s innovation economy is strong, but city leaders can do more with its existing assets to compete globally and benefit local communities, according to a new report from the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking at the Brookings Institution. The culmination of an 18-month study, “Connect to compete: How the University City-Center City innovation district can help Philadelphia excel globally and serve locally” examines the role of the innovation district within University City and Center City Philadelphia as a regional economic hub and as a key part of Philadelphia’s efforts to become a world-class innovation city. Read More

What could success look like for DC’s Inclusive Innovation Incubator?

One night Aaron Saunders was working late at In3 when he noticed something beautiful happening. The brand-new space was playing host to two events that evening — one pitch and networking night for female entrepreneurs and one dinner discussion group. 

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How one entrepreneur is building bridges to help spur American innovation

As the U.S. becomes acclimated to the reality of a new president, something that’s on the minds of many Americans is the changing economic landscape. People are fearful of the impact automation and technology will have on their livelihoods — it’s estimated that 5 million jobs could be lost by 2020 because of the “fourth industrial revolution,” according to the 2016 World Economic Forum.
 

Opinion: Tech companies had many black executives in the 1980s; what happened?

 I’ve tracked the declining employment of African-Americans at a time of great expansion of technology opportunities. Because our accomplishments aren’t visible, they are assumed not to exist. The recent story of the African-American engineer at Uber who committed suicide— just five months after taking a job there— is a sign that something fundamentally wrong has occurred in technology workplaces in the past 30 years.

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The Wrong Way to Grow a City

The story of Cleveland, as with many other Rust Belt cities, is a story of falling from grace. How is “grace” measured? Population rankings, mostly. Cleveland was America’s 5th biggest city in 1920, beneath only New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Detroit. By 1950 it was 7th. By 1980, 20th. Then down to 45th by 2010. And so on.

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TechniCLE event sparked talk on ways to support region's tech startups

fter helping to organize two previous TechniCLE conferences, which gathered Cleveland's tech entrepreneurial community for frank conversations, attorney Jennifer Stapleton wondered if there was anything more to be said.
Then, people started asking if she was going to do a 2017 edition of the conference. Once Stapleton was convinced that there was grass-roots interest, she began planning this year's "TechniCLE Speaking 2017: CLEaring Our Runway."
"If it's of value to the community, we'll always find a way to do it," said Stapleton, a private equity attorney at Jones Day, and founder and organizer of the 2017 TechniCLE.

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How an equitable economic development fellowship could spark change in Phoenix

Phoenix plans to make community equality a strategic priority in its economic development plans this year.
With the help of a year-long equitable economic development fellowship, the city may be well on its way to doing just this.
Phoenix was selected to participate in a year-long equitable economic development fellowship this year alongside Nashville, Baltimore, Louisville, Austin and Sacramento.

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