Month: October 2015

Libraries, the Creative Class, and Incentive Deals: This Month in Economic Development

Our monthly roundup of the latest news in economic development filtered through a city-focused lens. Reading something interesting? Share it with @robbins617. Libraries Emerge as a Support System for Entrepreneurs. Libraries aren’t just for books anymore. Increasingly, cities are turning to libraries as an established community resource for entrepreneurs. The Dallas Business Resource and Information Network

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Innovative Ways Cities are Meeting Residents’ Financial Needs

This is the seventh and final post in our blog series on financial inclusion. This post highlights an array of programs and services to meet the diverse financial needs of city residents. (Getty Images/Chris Hondros) “To fully participate in the economic fabric of a community, all families must have access to the financial tools and

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City Issues Notably Absent from Third Republican Presidential Debate

This is a guest post by Devon Hawkins-Anderson. Wednesday’s GOP presidential debate in Colorado produced the most substantive discussion we have seen to date from the Republican candidates – yet the local perspective was still lacking. The ten top-polling 2016 GOP presidential candidates stepped up to the plate to debate economic issues at University of

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City Leaders Gather in Portland to Hear From Black Male Millennials

This past week, city and community leaders gathered in Portland, Ore. to hear from black male millennials, learn about racial equity’s connection to black male achievement (BMA), share strategies on sustaining BMA, and gain insights for adopting/implementing comprehensive employment-focused policies. All eyes were on a group of black male millennials from across the country sitting

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How to Make a Creative City

Cities across the country have latched onto Richard Florida’s musings about the Creative Class — a group that includes both artists and engineers — and embarked on large scale development projects aimed at attracting this portion of the workforce. Last year for my senior thesis, I constructed a research project that would begin to answer

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How Cities Can Harness the Benefits of Shared Mobility

When it comes to new forms of shared-use mobility – including bikesharing, carsharing and ridehailing – no one stands to benefit more than our nation’s cities. Shared-use mobility works differently in every city. One of the truly innovative aspects of cities is their ability to experiment and develop unique, locally-driven solutions to new challenges. (image:

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An Interaction with Police Doesn’t Have to Mean Detention for Young People

“Every interaction between police officers and our young people is, or can be, an opportunity for prevention or intervention.”   – Betsy Hodges, mayor, Minneapolis Decades of evidence support Mayor Hodges’ comment. Systems that overuse detention and other harsh corrections methods often make young people more likely to reoffend and in doing so, harm them, their

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Paying for Economic Development: How Your City Can Benefit from Creative Financing Techniques

This is a guest post by Lynn Cherry. (Image courtesy Khalid Rasulli, NSP Country Manager, Sanayee Development Organization) As the economy continues to improve after the Great Recession, cities across the nation are doing their best to bring their communities back to where they used to be. The continuous devolution of the federal government, ever-increasing

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