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by Tynesia Boyea-Robinson & Benjamin Kennedy on Jul 1, 2015

$30 Million Now Available for Detroit’s Main Street 

An interview with Benjy Kennedy, who led the Kresge Foundation’s work to raise the Woodward Corridor Investment Fund in Detroit, about what others can learn from its closing.

Blog Post Ron Littlefield on Jul 2, 2015

From Popsicles to Pop Music: Albuquerque Bets on Small-Scale Entrepreneurs 

Supporting diverse businesses is the cornerstone of the city’s plan to spark economic mobility.

Blog Post Ron Littlefield on Jun 30, 2015

A Laboratory for Social Change 

After being devastated by Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is creating a more effective, equitable health system and reinvigorating all segments of its community.

Blog Post Jessica Huey on Jun 29, 2015

PMI Panel Explores Open Data as a Tool for Performance Management 

Experts from the Sunlight Foundation, Socrata and Code for America engaged with city officials to explore he growing role open data is playing in local government.

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Gary S. Hattem 

Gary S. Hattem is President of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and Managing Director of Deutsche Bank's Community Development Finance Group. He is responsible for the firm’s lending, investment and philanthropic activities targeted to disadvan…

Blog Post Sindhu Lakshmanan on Jun 26, 2015

#GoodReads: SCOTUS Decisions and Systems Change 

Our #GoodReads post this week reflects on three important SCOTUS decisions and systems change.

Blog Post Ron Littlefield on Jun 25, 2015

Building on a Proud History of City Planning and Civic Engagement 

Atlanta is a city experiencing rapid growth. Through the City Accelerator, Atlanta aims to implement new methods of community engagement to make the city even better.

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Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post Ron Littlefield on Jun 23, 2015

From Civic Engagement to Meaningful Engagement 

With the launch of Cohort 2 of the City Accelerator, we have an opportunity to examine how cities work in terms of social interaction in a very unique and powerful way.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Jun 19, 2015

Reflections on Charleston: And Other #GoodReads that Look Forward 

In this week's reading roundup, we examine what it takes to address the systemic issues of racial injustice, highlighting ways cities and other cross-sector partnerships are moving forward with racia…

Blog Post Juan Sebastian Arias on Jun 18, 2015

Three Mindset Shifts Needed to Get More People in Good Jobs 

To equitably improve employment outcomes in a given place, all stakeholders at the table must change how they see the problem and their role in providing solutions, starting with three mindset shifts.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Jun 16, 2015

What We Learned from Launching the City Accelerator Guide 

In January 2015, we packaged our early lessons from the first City Accelerator Cohort into a Guide for Embedding Innovation in Local Government, and learned "what works" about sharing knowledge in r…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Jun 12, 2015

How We Learn Alongside our Partners: #GoodReads from Living Cities Staff 

Following a big announcement from the Ford Foundation, our weekly round-up of reading recommendations highlights the partners, initiatives and approaches that we look to for learning.

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Mariia V. Zimmerman 

Mariia is Founder and Principal at MZ Strategies, LLC. Mariia served as Deputy Director for HUD's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities from 2010-2012.

Blog Post Tamir Novotny on Jun 11, 2015

New Technology Fellowship Seeks to Serve Low-Income People 

Can we put civic technology to work for low-income people? Significance Labs fellows will work to do just that, with the goal of developing a methodology that can be replicated by others.

Blog Post Catherine Bracy & Sarah Rosen Wartell on Jun 10, 2015

Introducing the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative 

A new effort to harness the transformative power of data technology to improve the lives of low-income people.

Blog Post Darren Walker on Jun 9, 2015

Darren Walker Addresses the Presidio Graduate School Class of 2015 

Ford Foundation President, Darren Walker, gave a nontraditional speech to Presidio's non-typical business school, challenging graduates to make capitalism work for good.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Jun 5, 2015

How Can Philanthropy Combat Implicit Bias? And Other #GoodReads from Living Cit… 

A weekly round-up of articles, resources and information that you won't want to miss!

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Rip Rapson 

Rip Rapson is president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, which contributed $100 million to Detroit’s “Grand Bargain.”

Blog Post Juan Sebastian Arias on Jun 4, 2015

#ThrowbackThursday: A Brief Look at the Fruits of our Past Investment in the Gr… 

In 2012, the former Green Economy Working Group made a set of grants in the healthy food systems field, including support for a pilot grocery store - which opens today!

Blog Post Juan Machado on Jun 2, 2015

The 'Invisible' Women Who are Transforming the U.S. Economy 

Ai-Jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and a 2014 MacArthur Genius grantee shares insights on the role women immigrant workers can play in the U.S. economy.