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by Kesha Cash on Jan 18, 2017

Fixing the Economic Divide that Plagues America: Part 1 

In the first post of a two-part series, Impact America Fund Founder Kesha Cash targets the current entrepreneurial ecosystem, outlining the issues that face entrepreneurs of color and discussing how fixing the system can help heal the economic divide in America.

Blog Post Julie Bosland on Jun 13, 2019

Lessons Learned from Regional Inclusive Economic Growth 

We talked to Living Cities members, partners and practitioners in the field to gather the critical lessons learned from past regional efforts in the US.

Blog Post Elizabeth Reynoso & Santiago Carrillo on Jun 11, 2019

Building Local Startup Ecosystems That Work for Entrepreneurs of Color 

Entrepreneurial hubs around the country are rethinking how they attract and support a group of business founders they’ve historically overlooked and underserved: entrepreneurs of color.

Blog Post Ayana Crichton & Annette Bourne on Jun 6, 2019

Building OneCranston through Collective Impact 

As a Working Cities Challenge participant, Cranston, Rhode Island is working to undo the city's longstanding racial divides. Two partners in the work reflect on efforts to build unity through collect…

Resource on Sep 27, 2016

Closing the Gaps: Full Compendium of Essays 

This Compendium of essays, with contributions from our members, grantees and many other leaders, highlights ongoing efforts across the country that show promise of contributing to closing the racial opportunity gaps

Blog Post Demetric Duckett on May 10, 2019

A Different Philanthropic Approach: Seeding Hope in Regional Inclusive Growth 

Blog Post Colleen Dawicki on Apr 26, 2019

Stepping Up and Stepping Back: Features of Effective Backbone Organizations 

Lessons learned about backbones from 4 years of the Working Cities Challenge.

The Detroit News

Frost: Detroit’s Growth Must be Inclusive 

Blog Post Brinda Ganguly & Brian R. Nagendra on Apr 17, 2019

Apply a racial lens, and other lessons from Living Cities’ impact investments 

Race-neutral efforts to boost economic opportunity have failed. Going forward, organizations across sectors must deliberately incorporate a racial lens into their economic security efforts.

Blog Post TD Lowe on Mar 14, 2019

From IPO to Oh No 

Blog Post Michelle Melendez on Feb 26, 2019

How Albuquerque is Institutionalizing Racial Equity, One Contract at a Time 

How the City is lowering barriers for business owners of color and local businesses to compete for city contracts, and growing the economic pie for all residents.

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Ron Littlefield 

Ron Littlefield, a former mayor of Chattanooga, Tenn., is a senior fellow with the Governing Institute and its lead analyst on the City Accelerator initiative.

Blog Post on Dec 5, 2018

After 20 Years, Three Regions Confront Their Divisions 

Collective reflections on the efforts of three leaders to achieve inclusive growth and adopt a racial equity framework

Resource on Mar 30, 2016

Video Case Study: Lawrence Working Families Initiative Addresses Unemployment 

Blog Post Frank Mirabal on Nov 29, 2018

Why the City of Albuquerque Now Buys Local 

Frank Mirabal of the Albuquerque Mayor's Office writes about local government contracting, and why Albuquerque is working to keep more money in the city.

Blog Post Ashleigh Gardere & Lynnette White-Colin on Aug 1, 2018

300 Years in the Making: Racial Equity, Entrepreneurship and Capital Innovation… 

In the first of a three-part series from cohort members, New Orleans discusses its rich history of entrepreneurship among people of color, and the gaps and biases inherent in its entrepreneurial ecos…

Blog Post Nadia Owusu & Jeff Raderstrong on Jun 14, 2018

Connecting Communities to Close Racial Gaps 

Living Cities has been committed to ending the systemic challenges to poverty for over 25 years. But despite the best efforts of this organization and our many partners, forty six million Americans a…

Blog Post Alicia Rouault on Apr 6, 2018

Meeting Youth Where They’re At: A User-Centered Approach to Boston's Summer Job… 

Resource on Aug 21, 2015

Living Cities Catalyst Fund Annual Report July 2013-June 2014 

As of June 30, 2014, the Fund had commitments of $34.6 million from ten investors. Since inception, our total cumulative lending of $40.2 million has sparked initiatives with total funding of over $825 million.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Feb 5, 2018

#BensTake: What Can We Learn from Amazon HQ2? 

Amazon could leverage its new headquarters to promote inclusive growth. But if the company won't, then cities in the running should put equity at the center.

Blog Post Robin Brule on Jan 3, 2018

How Albuquerque is Fighting Trickle-Down Economics  

In 2014, leaders from across sectors in Albuquerque gathered around a table and asked: How do we change the course of our economy? What will it take to truly adapt to new economic realities and creat…

Blog Post Andrea Chen & Flozell Daniels, Jr. on Dec 19, 2017

Propeller Social Venture Fund: Building an Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystem … 

A new $1 million Social Venture Fund will support and scale innovative ventures of entrepreneurs of color.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Nov 15, 2017

#BensTake: 5 Elements for Creating Inclusive Economies 

Five key elements that must be central to any efforts to build inclusive economies.