The Rust Belt Needs Capital to Turn Talent and Innovation into Jobs

As the American Midwest, home to many of the nation’s top companies and the world’s best universities, begins to rival Silicon Valley as a hub for research and technology, John Austin calls on local leaders to double down on attracting venture capital investment in order to turn the region’s assets into opportunities for residents feeling left behind. Follow this link to read the complete article.

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Perspectives on the Urban-Rural Divide

The facts are stark. Economic change and recovery in our nation have resulted in vastly different opportunities and outcomes for individuals and families based on where they live. An urban-rural divide narrative is solidifying around these trends. Follow this link to read the complete article.

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Washington Takes Action on Key Workforce Investments

This year, the National League of Cities (NLC) is focused on telling the story of city infrastructure through our Rebuild With Us campaign. However, workforce development is also a key component of any infrastructure project, though it is often overlooked during policy debates. Follow this link to read the complete story.

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Despite Political Divides, Suburbs Need Cities

Sustainable Cities: Health at the Heart of Urban Development

Health-focused urban design can roll back the epidemic of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), making cities a bedrock for healthy lifestyles – as well as climate-friendly and resilient. WHO’s new Urban Health Initiative provides a model for the health sector to contribute to healthy urban planning and policies. Follow this link to read the fact sheet.
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Here’s How America Uses Its Land

There are many statistical measures that show how productive the U.S. is. Its economy is the largest in the world and grew at a rate of 4.1 percent last quarter, its fastest pace since 2014. The unemployment rate is near the lowest mark in a half century. What can be harder to decipher is how Americans use their land to create wealth. The 48 contiguous states alone are a 1.9 billion-acre jigsaw puzzle of cities, farms, forests and pastures that Americans use to feed themselves, power their economy and extract value for business and pleasure. Follow this link to read the complete article.

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2018 Ohio Food Policy Summit: Developing and Financing Food Systems

The eighth annual Ohio Food Policy Summit, will be held on Monday, September 24, at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. It is hosted by the Ohio Food Policy Network and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

This year’s summit will focus on the financing, investment, and economic development potential of local food systems, with discussions centering around a recent report released by the Federal Reserve entitled “Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of the Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities.”
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Why Downtown Development is Crucial for American Cities

Every year, mayors from cities of all sizes share their visions for the upcoming year in their state of the city speeches. NLC has analyzed trends in these speeches for the last five years, and it should surprise no one that economic development has remained the most popular topic. Follow this link to read the complete article.

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Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Exec Wants to Train for Tech, Other Area Jobs

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish proposed a sweeping initiative Monday to train under-skilled county residents to fill thousands of available jobs in health care, manufacturing and technology. Follow this link to read the complete article.

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Replacing Vacant Lots with Green Spaces Can Ease Depression in Urban Communities

Growing up in Washington, D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood, Rebecca Lemos-Otero says her first experience with nature came in her late teens when her mother started a community garden. Follow this link to read the complete article.

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