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May 6, 2015


The Importance of Building Understanding and Trust to Advance Inclusive Innovation

Christopher Gergen and Denise Byrne

Friday, May 01, 2015

How can we measure our collective impact and use data to help inform smart decision-making at the neighborhood, city and state-wide levels? How can we develop a better understanding of the assets and needs that exist in low income and minority communities while building trust among local leaders? These are all important questions that we are trying to answer through Forward Cities' two year learning collaborative process.

Forward Cities Reaches into Cleveland Neighborhoods

Forward Cities Cleveland Council

Monday, May 04, 2015

Cleveland is off to a robust start on its Forward Cities Initiative. To set the stage for the work, IBM sent two consultants to Cleveland to assist with the work of the Inclusive Innovation Council.

TechTown Detroit at NOEW

Regina Ann Campbell

Friday, May 01, 2015

Regina Ann Campbell, managing director of TechTown Detroit with a focus on place-based entrepreneurship, reflects on her experience at this year's New Orleans Entrepreneur Week with the Forward Cities team. 

"Rise of the Rest" Tour Builds Off NOEW's Success for New Orleans Stop May 8

Idea Village

Friday, May 01, 2015

Building on the momentum of NOEW 2015, on Friday, May 8, Steve Case, founder of America Online and Chair and CEO of Revolution, will be travelling through New Orleans on the “Rise of the Rest” tour.

Entrepreneurial Activity and Connectivity in Durham

Casey Steinbacher

Monday, May 04, 2015

Casey Steinbacher, President and CEO at Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, reflects on Durham's first-ever Innovate Your Cool conference held in conjunction with the Art of Cool Festival. 

With Change Afoot in Southwest Detroit, Can Residents Steer Development?

Serena Maria Daniels

Friday, May 01, 2015

Like much of the city, Southwest Detroit is experiencing rapid change. In a 20-block section, however, residents are helping guide the transformation.

Refugees Build New Lives and Businesses in Cleveland

Karin Connelly

Friday, May 01, 2015

While it is not easy to move to a new country and a new city full of different cultures, languages and traditions, refugees not only make it work, they become some of Cleveland’s most successful entrepreneurs.

NEIdeas: Rewarding Ideas for Businesses Growth


Friday, May 01, 2015

The New Economy Initiative (NEI) is excited to announce the launch of the second year of NEIdeas: Rewarding Ideas for Businesses Growth. NEIdeas provides $500,000 in cash awards to existing small businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park through two challenges: the $10k Challenge (30 awards) and the $100k Challenge (2 awards).

UIX REPORT: Detroit Innovation Insights

Jessica McInchak, Data Driven Detroit and Claire Nelson, UIX

Friday, May 01, 2015

Data Driven Detroit and Urban Innovation Exchange present this Detroit Innovation Insights series, revealing key insights collected by UIX and D3 through our three-year research initiative to identify and map the ecosystem of urban innovators and their projects across Detroit.



National Donors

The CASE Foundation Goldman Sachs - 10,000 small businesses The Aspen Institute IBM

New Orleans Donors

Foundation for the Mid South BCBS of Louisiana Entergy
Ford Foundation Greater New Orleans Foundation

Detroit Donors

New Economy Initiative Marriott Foundation The Skillman Foundation

Cleveland Donors

Cleveland Foundation George Gund Foundation
JP Morgan Chase RPM GAR Foundation The Burton D. Morgan Foundation

Durham Donors

Ropert K. Steel Family Foundation BCBS of North Carolina Triangle Community Foundation

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