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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 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

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…

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 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… 

The Detroit News

Frost: Detroit’s Growth Must be Inclusive 

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.

Person Governing Institute

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 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.

Resource on Mar 30, 2016

Video Case Study: Lawrence Working Families Initiative Addresses Unemployment 

Blog Post Joseph Sutkowi on Sep 19, 2017

Four Innovative Procurement Tactics Cities are Using to Increase Equity 

Making procurement more equitable can be challenging. See what four cities are doing to increase contracts and participation with businesses owned by people of color.

Blog Post Andrew E Olson & Trent Van Alfen on Jun 28, 2017

Innovations in Pay for Success: Paving a Path to Sustainable Medicaid Funding f… 

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Jun 27, 2017

#BensTake: Cultural Competency and Entrepreneurship 

Persistent inequities in funding decisions disproportionately bar women and people of color from launching start-ups. But these entrepreneurs are key both for solving problems in their own communitie…

Blog Post Elizabeth Reynoso & Kristen Scheyder on Jun 22, 2017

Five Cities that are Buying into Equity  

New City Accelerator initiative looks to drive inclusive economic opportunity through procurement

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 JaNay Queen Nazaire on Jun 20, 2017

The Social Determinants of Economic Security 

We have heard about the social determinants of health, but how do social indicators impact an ecosystem’s ability to provide economic security?

Blog Post Ben Hecht on May 17, 2017

#BensTake: The Origins of Job Creation 

If the goal is economic security for all Americans, we're not going to get there without creating many more good jobs. That means we need a shared understanding of the fundamentals of job creation, s…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Apr 27, 2017

#BensTake: Unraveling the Homeownership Divide  

We know that owning a home creates wealth. And we know how to make homeownership a reality for millions more people. It's time to scale up what's working in order to close the staggering racial wealt…

Blog Post Ratna Gill on Apr 18, 2017

Radical Self-Care: Four Lessons from Our Meeting with City Leaders in Albuquerq… 

Burnout is all too common in organizations working for social change. How can the social sector put self-care into practice?