By Pete Carlson, President of Regional Growth Strategies. //
There are growing calls for more inclusive economic growth, and fortunately, a useful framework is starting to emerge. Championed by Living Cities and the Fund for Our Economic Future, it focuses on creating good jobs in or near low-income communities, then helping the residents of those communities prepare for and gain access to those jobs. However, creating good jobs (on which everything else depends) remains the weakest link.
Malina Simone Jeffers, //
What inspires you?
People inspire me. Lifestyles inspire me. When I see family members with new ideas but no access, I’m energized to continue working to build that access. Or when I see young entrepreneurs working tirelessy to be noticed, to make something work – I’m inspired to connect them, to help them make it work in Indy.
In your opinion, what are the top 3 issues facing your city today?
by Melissa Bilancini, Chief Strategy & Resource Officer, CEOs for Cities //
Recently, CEOs for Cities National Meeting Director Brittany Scheckelhoff and I visited Columbus, Ohio to meet with members of our City Cluster that are planning our 2016 National Meeting. We were so excited by discussions of the city’s commitment to increasing access to education and economic opportunity for all residents, the thoughtfully prepared field trips, and the entrepreneurship that we just had to tell you about it.
Take, for example, The Roosevelt Coffeehouse.