Resources & Research

InnovateNC Community Innovation Asset Map

Thanks to the generous support of the Institute for Emerging Issues, RTI International, the NC Department of Commerce’s Board of Science, Technology & Innovation, and all of the InnovateNC partners, the InnovateNC Community Innovation Asset Map is being offered to communities as a FREE download during its initial launch. Additional tools are planned for release by the end of 2018 at InnovateNC.org. The Asset Map is a first-of-its-kind, turnkey tool for communities of all sizes, seeking to enhance their innovation ecosystems, and is a community’s first step for developing a concrete roadmap to grow their innovation economy meaningfully.

Relevant Resources:

Relevant Research:

Council for Entrepreneurial Development

Innovations Report 2017

North Carolina Department of Commerce, Tracking Innovation:

North Carolina Innovation Index 2017

Categories include

Entrepreneurship Organizations and Initiatives: other key organizations and initiatives supporting inclusive innovation and entrepreneurship

National Data Resources: national sources or general guidance on entrepreneurism data

Ecosystem Mapping: reports and tools describing the components of the enabling environment for supporting entrepreneurs

College Degrees for Social Justice

Although the U.S. strives to award people based on their merit, some groups face systemic obstacles to achieving the American dream. The term “inequality” refers to disadvantages whole groups of people face because of their age, ethnicity, gender or socioeconomic status. These disadvantages can help determine whether someone can access education, well-paying jobs or quality healthcare. Moreover, inequalities are often interrelated. For instance, social inequality forces many minority groups into subpar schools, leading to long-term income loss that makes them less able to afford healthcare.

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Young and Restless in a Knowledge Economy

The U.S. is on the verge of a seismic shift in labor markets, and fault lines will emerge to threaten a city’s economic future unless it succeeds in attracting the young, college-educated workers who propel today’s knowledge-based economy.

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What the IT Revolution Means for Regional Economic Development

Information technology (IT) saturated American business in the 1990s, and countless new companies sprang up around Internet applications. In response, economic development officials across the country have tried to catch the “tech” wave by stimulating the growth of high technology companies and “clusters.”

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Walking The Walk

More than just a pleasant amenity, the walkability of cities translates directly into increases in home values. Homes located in more walkable neighborhoods—those with a mix of common daily shopping and social destinations within a short distance—command a price premium over otherwise similar homes in less walkable areas. Houses with the above-average levels of walkability command a premium of about $4,000 to $34,000 over houses with just average levels of walkability in the typical metropolitan areas studied.

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System Change Goes to School

The future of cities depends on better schools. Emerging from this reality is a new movement now coming into clear view. The movement supports public education but rejects the incremental improvement strategy of the past thirty years as insufficient. Its leaders insist that our cities cannot get the schools we need for the 21st century by only concentrating on changing the ones we have. This movement makes an insistent case for civic leaders to push
for an open sector, for new “organizational space,” so that new schools emerge to provide choices and an open door to innovation. Testimony from those in the vanguard suggests it’s possible to do more than create a few new exceptional schools; they say this is the opportunity to reshape the “industry” of schooling, to make teaching a true profession, to change the odds for kids not likely to succeed today.

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Strengthening Portal Neighborhoods

Cities in the United States are shaped by the immigrants who have historically settled in them. New York City would not be the same without Chinatown, Miami is known for its Cuban flair and Chicago competes with Warsaw for the largest Polish population in the world (Polish News, 2006). Immigration continues to be a defining force for the United States, demographically, socially and economically.

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Seizing City Assets: Ten Steps to Urban Land Reform

One of a city’s greatest assets is its available land for development. Unfortunately, many cities have land and properties that are vacant, abandoned, or under-used, with few policies and regulations in place to convert them into revenue-generating, valuable sites. This brief outlines the ten recommended action steps that state and local governments might follow to facilitate the development of urban land and buildings. Compiling an inventory of vacant parcels, planning for the assembly and reuse of land, and working to eliminate the many legal and administrative barriers to acquisition and development are just some of the actions the authors contend should be undertaken in order to create a more transparent, efficient, and effective system for private market land development. The brief will discuss these and other proposed steps, and will highlight examples of successful practices implemented in states and localities throughout the U.S.

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San Jose Brain Trust

On September 16, 2010, CEOs for Cities, the City of San Jose and 1stACT Silicon Valley convened the San Jose Brain Trust, across-sector group of 40-50 urban leaders who engaged in a robust discussion about the role of art and design in creating the next generation of great American cities. The Brain Trust included local leaders as well as artists, designers and curators visiting San Jose for the 01SJ Biennial.

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SA2020 San Antonio Talent Divident

AT A TIME WHEN CITIES AND METRO REGIONS HAVE BECOME THE ECONOMIC ENGINES OF THE NATION AND WHEN THE MOST VALUABLE CURRENCY OF THE NEW ECONOMY IS KNOWLEDGE AND IDEAS, CITIES MUST BE CONSTANTLY LEARNING, SHARING, AND REINVENTING. NO CITY LACKS TALENT AND IDEAS, BUT ALMOST EVERY CITY LACKS A VEHICLE FOR CONNECTING WITH TALENT AND IDEAS OUTSIDE THEIR OWN CITY AND FOR MOBILIZING, ACCELERATING, AND SUSTAINING ACTION ON IMPORTANT GOALS.

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SA2020 San Antonio City Dividends

AT A TIME WHEN CITIES AND METRO REGIONS HAVE BECOME THE ECONOMIC ENGINES OF THE NATION AND WHEN THE MOST VALUABLE CURRENCY OF THE NEW ECONOMY IS KNOWLEDGE AND IDEAS, CITIES MUST BE CONSTANTLY LEARNING, SHARING, AND REINVENTING. NO CITY LACKS TALENT AND IDEAS, BUT ALMOST EVERY CITY LACKS A VEHICLE FOR CONNECTING WITH TALENT AND IDEAS OUTSIDE THEIR OWN CITY AND FOR MOBILIZING, ACCELERATING, AND SUSTAINING ACTION ON IMPORTANT GOALS.

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SA2020 San Antonio Opportunity Dividend

AT A TIME WHEN CITIES AND METRO REGIONS HAVE BECOME THE ECONOMIC ENGINES OF THE NATION AND WHEN THE MOST VALUABLE CURRENCY OF THE NEW ECONOMY IS KNOWLEDGE AND IDEAS, CITIES MUST BE CONSTANTLY LEARNING, SHARING, AND REINVENTING. NO CITY LACKS TALENT AND IDEAS, BUT ALMOST EVERY CITY LACKS A VEHICLE FOR CONNECTING WITH TALENT AND IDEAS OUTSIDE THEIR OWN CITY AND FOR MOBILIZING, ACCELERATING, AND SUSTAINING ACTION ON IMPORTANT GOALS.

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SA2020 San Antonio Health/Diabetes Dividend

AT A TIME WHEN CITIES AND METRO REGIONS HAVE BECOME THE ECONOMIC ENGINES OF THE NATION AND WHEN THE MOST VALUABLE CURRENCY OF THE NEW ECONOMY IS KNOWLEDGE AND IDEAS, CITIES MUST BE CONSTANTLY LEARNING, SHARING, AND REINVENTING. NO CITY LACKS TALENT AND IDEAS, BUT ALMOST EVERY CITY LACKS A VEHICLE FOR CONNECTING WITH TALENT AND IDEAS OUTSIDE THEIR OWN CITY AND FOR MOBILIZING, ACCELERATING, AND SUSTAINING ACTION ON IMPORTANT GOALS.

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SA2020 San Antonio Green Dividend

AT A TIME WHEN CITIES AND METRO REGIONS HAVE BECOME THE ECONOMIC ENGINES OF THE NATION AND WHEN THE MOST VALUABLE CURRENCY OF THE NEW ECONOMY IS KNOWLEDGE AND IDEAS, CITIES MUST BE CONSTANTLY LEARNING, SHARING, AND REINVENTING. NO CITY LACKS TALENT AND IDEAS, BUT ALMOST EVERY CITY LACKS A VEHICLE FOR CONNECTING WITH TALENT AND IDEAS OUTSIDE THEIR OWN CITY AND FOR MOBILIZING, ACCELERATING, AND SUSTAINING ACTION ON IMPORTANT GOALS.

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Remixing Cities

Cities innovate when people mix and mingle, sharing and combining ideas from different vantage points and traditions. That mixing takes place on and in shared infrastructures and spaces that bring people together.

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Portland Green Dividend Report

Portland, OR, has acquired a reputation as the nation’s greenest city. For many, this green streak is viewed as a sort of environmental hair-shirt. Portlanders deprive themselves of prosperity in the name of saving the environment. Skeptics view biking, transit, density and urban growth boundaries as a kind of virtuous self-denial, well meaning, but silly and uneconomic. Critics see the seeds of economic ruin. They claim planning, policies and regulations that restrict use or access to resources impede growth and lower household income.

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Opportunity Dividend Summit Report

How poverty is distributed across a city matters.  A family earning $20,000 per year that moves from a high poverty neighborhood to a mixed-income one recaptures $4600 in disposable income. Local governments are best equipped to do that.

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Opportunity Challenge Report

Imagine a community where all citizens have the opportunity to develop all of their talents and put all of their talents to work. Where everyone is the CEO of his or her own career and the community communicates the value of learning every day in every way. Where one’s “portfolio of work” is made up of multiple sources, some paid, some unpaid, that evolves and adapts throughout life to changing circumstances. What would this mean to the ability for all people to climb the economic ladder?

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Oklahoma Brain Trust Report

On March 23, 2011, CEOs for Cities, the City of Oklahoma City and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber convened the Oklahoma City Brain Trust, a cross-sector group of 25-30 urban leaders who engaged in a robust discussion of the trends shaping the future of cities, how Oklahoma City is likely to fare in light of these trends and if the local civic agenda needs to shift in response to these trends.

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New York’s Green Dividend

It’s no secret that New York City’s high density, extensive transit and excellent walkability are fundamental contributors to the lifestyle enjoyed by its citizens. However, as this study shows, these factors are also major contributors to their economic well-being. Because New Yorkers drive substantially less than the average American, they realize a staggering $19 billion in savings each year — money that their counterparts in other metro areas spend on auto-related expenses. And because they spend so much less on cars and gasoline—money that quickly leaves the local economy—New Yorkers have much more purchasing power to spend locally, stimulating the city’s economy. This is New York City’s Green Dividend.

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New Metropolitan Alliances Regional Collaboration for Economic Development

In this report we provide an initial scan of development-focused regional alliances. We begin with a brief assessment of the growing interdependence of cities and their surrounding suburbs, highlight some of the political, constitutional and economic barriers that make regional collaboration difficult, and conclude with a summary of the lessons to be learned from present experiences in city-suburban alliances. The report is based on an analysis of over one hundred traditional and emerging regional collaborations in the thirty largest metropolitan areas in the country and five in-depth cases that more clearly identify the challenges to regional alliance building, the strategies employed to meet these challenges, and the outcomes to such strategic action.

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The New Markets Tax Credit Program

The New Markets Tax Credit program (NMTC) was passed by Congress in December 2000, as part of the Community Renewal Tax Relief Act. The program is designed to stimulate investments in commercial real estate and business ventures located in low-income urban and rural areas. Over a seven-year period (2001-2007), $15 billion of investment capital will be eligible for tax credits. The NMTC program provides investors with tax credits that total 39 percent of their investment, distributed over a seven-year period.

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Miami Brain Trust Report

On February 3, 2011, CEOs for Cities and Florida International University convened the Miami Brain Trust, a cross-sector group of 50-60 urban leaders who engaged in a robust discussion of the trends shaping the future of cities, how Miami is likely to fare in light of these trends and if the local civic agenda needs to shift in response to these trends.

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Measuring Urban Transportation Performance

While peak hour travel is a perennial headache for many Americans — peak hour travel times average 200 hours a year in large metropolitan areas — some cities have managed to achieve shorter travel times and actually reduce the peak hour travel times. The key is that some metropolitan areas have land use patterns and transportation systems that enable their residents to take shorter trips and minimize the burden of peak hour travel.

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Livability Challenge Report

Beauty is a challenge. When it comes to our cities, we rarely speak of beauty. Our urban aspirations tend to be framed in more quotidian language – efficiency, safety, function, economy. But beauty silently drives our decisions. Where will we go for lunch? Is there time to stop at the park? Have you see that performance? Where should we live? And in driving those decisions it enriches our lives.

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Leveraging Colleges and Universities for Urban Economic Revitalization

Colleges and universities have long been important to urban and regional economic growth. They have also been one of the most valuable assets for urban communities in advancing educational, health, and social service needs of urban residents. However, urban academic institutions are equally well positioned to spur economic revitalization of our inner cities, in great part because they are sizable businesses anchored in their current locations.

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Leveraging Anchor Institutions for Urban Success

It has become abundantly clear that partnerships and creativity are necessary to leverage existing resources to stimulate vibrant cities. All that is required to make cities great does not rest in one place. Government, at any level, does not possess the dollars, thinking and capital needed to navigate the complexity of today’s cities. However, most U.S. cities have extensive civic, cultural and intellectual assets – assets often embodied in what we know as anchor institutions – that can be put to work on behalf of cities.

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Kids In Cities

For the first time in 50 years, central cities across America are attracting talented young people. But what happens when they begin to have children? Unfortunately, as many as half of them leave for the suburbs once their children reach school age.

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How Business and Civic Leaders can make a big difference in Public Education

Everybody who lives or works in a big city has a stake in the performance of the local public school system. Businesses and cultural institutions suffer when thousands of young school graduates are unprepared to do productive work or take a full part in civic life.

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The Green Dividend

MORE THAN EVER, CITIES AND METRO REGIONS ARE THE ECONOMIC ENGINES OF THE NATION, AND THE MOST VALUABLE CURRENCY IN THE NEW ECONOMY IS KNOWLEDGE AND IDEAS. TO KEEP UP, CITIES MUST LEARN, SHARE, AND REINVENT THEMSELVES CONSTANTLY. NO CITY LACKS TALENT, BUT ALMOST EVERY CITY LACKS A VEHICLE FOR REGULARLY CONNECTING WITH TALENT AND IDEAS OUTSIDE THEIR OWN CITY AND FOR MOBILIZING, ACCELERATING, AND SUSTAINING ACTION ON IMPORTANT GOALS.

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Fostering the Creative City

The definition of the Creative City is elusive. It seems irretrievably intertwined with starchitect-designed temples to art; arts districts that make cities more lively and raise real estate values; tourist-friendly art and arts events; attempts to harness the economic impact of the arts and build international civic reputations; attracting and retaining a so-called “creative class”; using art to showcase diversity and build understanding among people; building an economy of creative industries; recognizing creativity as a precursor for innovation; even adopting a creative approach to civic problem-solving.

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Economic Integration

One of the most striking characteristics of U.S. cities is residential segregation. Historically, researchers and policymakers have focused on segregation by race, especially the segregation of African Americans into troubled black ghettos in central cities. Segregation of blacks from whites in most U.S. metropolitan areas rose steadily from the turn of the century until about 1970.? While racial segregation is still high by historical and international standards, there has been a slow and steady decline in segregation by race since 1970, driven by the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and steady progress in race relations.

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Driven Apart

The secret to reducing the amount of time Americans spend in peak hour traffic has more to do with how we build our cities than how we build our roads.

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Creative City Network Meeting Summaries

Seventy years ago GM’s Futurama generated a compelling vision for a new American ideal: a spacious, car-centered good life. That ideal dominated public policy for 50 years, literally paving the way for Americans to spread out by increasing homebuyers’ access to credit and supporting development patterns that relied on cheap land and cheap gas. As a result, core cities throughout the U.S. appeared destined for permanent decay and decline.

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Connectivity Challenge Report

Imagine a community taking up the challenge to ensure its citizens are able to meet their daily needs without owning a car. Where every convenience is within a short walk, bike ride, car-share or transit trip. Now imagine we could realize that future here and now. What would that look like? What would be an effective quick start strategy? Where are the early wins to create momentum? And how would a community know when it is succeeding?

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Competitive Cities – A New Urban Agenda

Today, it is time for our nation to declare: The Era of Urban Decline is over. America’s cities are coming back.

Unprecedented access to capital, booming retail opportunities, and astonishing reductions in crime, all point to an upward trend in cities. While there is still much to be done, cities are by and large doing better at the beginning of the 21st century, after decades of decline. In most major cities, unemployment, crime, and the welfare rolls are down, while jobs, income, and fiscal health are up. New immigration and renewed interest in city living by young and old alike have added millions of new residents to America’s cities, helping to fuel economic growth in their regions.

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Community Challenge Report

Imagine a city where every citizen entered into a robust public life as equal, enjoying public amenities of choice, engaging actively in the decisions affecting their community, shaping their community with their citizenship and volunteer commitments, and sharing public space joyfully with others. What is our vision for robust public life and what can we do now to realize it? Further, how can citizens’ attachment to their community be solidified by their ability to engage in a robust public life?

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City Vitals 1.0

A detailed set of statistical measures for urban leaders to understand their city’s performance in four key areas: talent, innovation, connections and distinctiveness, in comparison to the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States.

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City Vitals 2.0

CEOs for Cities is a learning community and partnership network that connects cross-sector, cross-generational civic CEOs and urban leaders to each other and to smart research, ideas, practices, case studies, lessons learned, and compelling stories for making cities more economically successful.

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City Advantage

Traditionally, the analysis of city economies has focused on their distinctive advantages in producing goods and services.

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Cities and Economic Prosperity

Urban economies offer tremendous opportunities as vehicles for regional and national economic growth. The assets of cities are enormous, caries , concentrated in particularly critical sectors, and integral to regional economies, which account for the overwhelming portion of our national economy.

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Chicago’s Green Dividend

Chicago has placed an increasing emphasis on pursuing green policies in recent years. Because city residents use less land and travel less, their environmental footprint is smaller than for those who live in less dense locales (Glaeser 2007). Even so, there are still some skeptics who view transit, density and conservation as a kind of virtuous self-denial, well-meaning, but silly and uneconomic. Critics see the seeds of economic ruin: planning, policies and regulations that restrict use or access to resources impede growth and lower household income.

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The Changing Dynamics of Urban America

CEOs for Cities, a national leadership organization whose mission is to advance the economic competitiveness of cities, conceived this project to examine the changing drivers of urban economic success. The organization’s members discussed the project design at the onset, and then reviewed the full results at the national meeting in the fall of 2003. This document provides highlights of the findings. The final report, presenting the full results and reflecting observations from the meeting, is available upon request. We are very grateful to CEOs for Cities, its members and staff, for their active support, participation and guidance throughout the project.

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Attracting the Young, College-Educated to Cities

Two-thirds of college-educated 25 to 34 year-olds report that they will make the decision of where they live first, then look for a job within that area.

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The Atlanta Brain Trust

On April 12, 2011, CEOs for Cities, the City of Atlanta, McKenna Long and Aldridge, and Parkmobile convened the Atlanta Brain Trust, a cross-sector group of 75 urban leaders who engaged in a robust discussion of the trends shaping the future of cities, how Atlanta is likely to fare in light of these trends and if the local civic agenda needs to shift in response to these trends.

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The Role of the Cleveland Local Innovation Council

This document was developed in 2013 by Forward Cities to describe the role of the Cleveland Innovation Council, before the initiative formally started. Separate descriptions were created and tailored to each of the other participating cities (Detroit, Durham, New Orleans), but the responsibilities and roles of the council members were the same across all four cities.

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101 Wacky Ideas

Educational attainment is the biggest predictor of success for cities and metro areas today. The research is unassailable. The more educated a city’s population, the more robust its economy will be. In fact, educational attainment explains 58 percent of any city’s success, as measured by per capita income.

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The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur Post-Katrina

This report takes a close look at key differences in social entrepreneurial activity between pre- and post-Katrina New Orleans, and identifies factors and agents that enabled a shift in the metro’s entrepreneurial landscape.

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The Young and The Restless

Since 2000, the number of college-educated 25 to 34 year-olds has increased twice as fast in the close-in neighborhoods of the nation’s large cities as in the remainder of these metropolitan areas.

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The Forward Cities Cleveland Experience: Overview and Analysis

This report from January 2016 describes the characteristics and plans for the four focus areas selected by Cleveland’s Innovation Council. It also discusses the role of the public sector in inclusive innovation and programs that focus on the talent pipeline and youth entrepreneurship.

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The Talent Dividend

One of the most pressing challenges our nation faces is preparing a college-educated workforce. By 2018, more than 60 percent of jobs will require some form of college education, but today only 40 percent of Americans earn an associated degree or bachelor’s degree by age 27.

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The Big Impact of Small Businesses on Urban Job Creation: Evidence from Five Cities

Every city is armed with an arsenal of strategies to attract and retain large businesses, but city leaders will need to adopt new tools and develop a comprehensive small business plan to effectively support the growth of small businesses. Small business support in most cities is an uncoordinated, unfocused set of programs implemented by a disparate group of private and public organizations. In this report we outline a playbook with five critical strategies city leaders should implement to maximize the job creation of small businesses in their cities.

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National Data Resources Initiative for a Competitive Inner City Resource

Takeaways from Living Cities’ Anchor Institutions Design Lab

Drawing on a cross-sector convening of 60 leaders, this 2012 blog summarizes lessons on how we can better harness the economic impact of anchor institutions to drive growth and opportunity

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Ecosystem Mapping Living Cities Resource

Survey of Business Owners

The Survey of Business Owners provides the only comprehensive, regularly collected source of information on selected economic and demographic characteristics for businesses and business owners by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status. Data are published for metropolitan areas, states, and the nation.

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How to Behave like an Anchor Institution

FIFTY YEARS AGO, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN QUITE EASY TO FIGURE OUT THE MOST POWERFUL EMPLOYER IN A CITY – A CARMAKER, PERHAPS, OR A STEEL MILL. OR THE CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS OF A GIANT BANK OR INSURER…THOSE TRENDS HAVE LED CITY LEADERS AND OTHERS TO PAY GREATER ATTENTION TO THE INSTITUTIONS THAT IN MANY PLACES NOW WIELD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE…

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State of Latino Entrepreneurship

With this report, Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative (SLEI) provides the first annual State of Latino Entrepreneurship report. It provides academic researchers, policy makers and business leaders with a timely update of SLEI’s research results. The report finds that even as the Latino population (currently at 17%) is growing at an undeniably fast rate (estimated to be 30% by 2060), and with it, an explosion in the number of Latino Owned Businesses (LOBs), there is a multi trillion dollar opportunity gap between Latino Owned Businesses and Non-Latino Owned Businesses (NLOBs), driven by the dramatic difference in size between the two.

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National Data Resources Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative Resource

Small Business Technology Transfer Program

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. STTR’s most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations.

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Entrepreneurship Organizations & Initiatives US Small Business Administration Resource

Small Business Innovation Research Program

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

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Four Lessons Learned

Change is never easy. Lasting change at a city level is nearly impossible without the combined passions of very different kinds of people. University chancellors and outsider artists. Corporate executives and cultural entrepreneurs. Twenty-somethings and sixty-somethings. That’s the idea behind CEOs for Cities’ City Clusters: None of us is as smart as all of us, and no one sector, discipline, or generation can create sustainable change alone.

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Small Business Credit Survey

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta administers a twice-yearly survey to businesses with fewer than 500 employees to gather information on trends in credit access and other issues relevant to small business. It covers much of the eastern United States

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Small Business and Entrepreneurial Support Programs Offering Services in North End/New Center

This document lists organizations within the City of Detroit with entrepreneurial support services available to individuals or businesses in the North End/New Center District as of December 2015.

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The Connected City

In June 2014, CEOs for Cities convened the Connected City Workshop for our rapidly growing cross-sector City Cluster network. A City Cluster is a group of cross-sector leaders from a city who join CEOs for Cities as team. We welcomed more than 200 cross-sector leaders from more than 20 cities throughout the country to explore innovative cross-sector strategies for connecting a city’s most distinctive assets.

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Revitalizing the Corridor

Prepared by MCR in partnership with ProsperUS Detroit, this executive summary focuses on the five ProsperUS Detroit Target Areas. It provides information to place-based organization about how to attract, grow, and retain businesses in their community, as well as provide critical information to the ProsperUS entrepreneurs so that they may strategically site their businesses.

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Cleveland: A Connected City Field Guide

There is no shortage of theories about the secret sauce for city success. Some experts argue that geography matters more than ever and success depends on physical capital and authentic placemaking. Others submit that in a knowledge economy, cities must build human capital and creative talent. Some insist that social capital and economic opportunity ultimately define the soul of a city. Still others predict that the future city is about smart digital capital and harnessing the power of technology.

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Regional Innovation Strategies Program

EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) leads the Regional Innovation Strategies Program competition to spur innovation capacity-building activities in regions across the nation. The program is authorized through the America COMPETES reauthorization Act of 2010, and received a dedicated appropriation for the first time in FY 2014.

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City Vitals

At a time when cities and metro regions have become the economic engines of the nation and when the most valuable currency of the new economy is knowledge and ideas, cities must be constantly learning, sharing, and reinventing. No city lacks talent and ideas, but almost every city lacks a vehicle for regularly connecting with talent and ideas outside their own city and a cross-sector vehicle and framework for mobilizing, accelerating, and sustaining action on important goals in their city.

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Pittsburgh RoadMap for Inclusive Innovation

The City of Pittsburgh has launched the “Pittsburgh Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation,” a strategic plan that will support equitable access to technology, City resources, and information. Championed by Mayor William Peduto’s Department of Innovation and Performance and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation is a strategic plan aimed to improve the quality of life for all residents. The Roadmap encompasses more than 100 projects and initiatives the City of Pittsburgh will undertake in the coming months and years.

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Overview of Current Data Work for the Durham Innovation Council

This July 2015 presentation displays maps of minority and disadvantaged businesses in the Angier-Driver focus area, as well as Durham and North Carolina as a whole. It also includes preliminary results from interviews of neighborhood entrepreneurs and small businesses.

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City Success: Theories of Urban Prosperity

City leaders face a wide range of choices about what to do to improve their economies. They often find themselves buffeted by the latest economic development fad and are pushed to adopt so-called best practices to keep up with their competitors. The objective of this report is to sort through all of the different theories that underlie alternative approaches to economic development and give policymakers a firm footing for deciding what to do.

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The City Dividends

Mayors and other civic leaders have grown to understand that improving their city’s educational attainment, reducing vehicle miles traveled and reducing poverty are important to regional success and economic prosperity. And while these strategies contribute to the general good, the payback from investments in these areas often seems distant and uncertain. However, a close examination of actual urban performance across the nation reveals that stronger metro areas reap real, tangible and calculable economic benefits.

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Neighborhood Business Initiative Handout

This handout is from the session on “Lessons and Reflections on 2 Years of Forward Cities” at the Forward Cities Cleveland convening, and describes Detroit’s Neighborhood Business Initiative.

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Mission Throttle

Mission Throttle provides a wide range of advisory services tailored to achieve operating excellence and sustainable social impact. We work closely with our clients to identify a mix of services that reflects their unique needs. Services include: Assess financial, operational and programmatic performance and capacity, Conduct goalsetting/visioning workshops, Prepare concept business plan, Develop innovative fundraising strategies

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Minority Business Ownership: Data from the 2012 Survey of Business Owners

Nationwide, 29% of businesses are majority-owned by minorities, and this share is quickly increasing. The recently released 2012 Survey of Business Owners (SBO) provides a unique opportunity to examine how specific minority groups are performing in the economy as a whole, the disparities they face in sales and employment, and the business characteristics that distinguish them.

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Branding Your City

Cities have always been brands in the truest sense of the word.

As international place branding authority Simon Anholt writes, “Unless you’ve lived in a particular city or have a good reason to know a lot about it, the chances are that you think about it in terms of a handful of qualities or attributes, a promise, some kind of story. That simple brand narrative can have a major impact on your decision to visit the city, to buy its products or services, to do business there, or even to relocate there.

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Minority and Women Entrepreneurs: Building Capital, Networks, and Skills

New and small business owners often face particular challenges, including lack of access to capital, insufficient business networks for peer support, investment, and business opportunities, and the absence of the full range of essential skills necessary to lead a business to survive and grow. Women and minority entrepreneurs often face even greater obstacles. While business formation is, of course, primarily a matter for the private sector, public policy can and should encourage increased rates of entrepreneurship, and the capital, networks, and skills essential for success, especially among women and minorities. In particular, this discussion paper calls for an expanded State Small Business Credit Initiative and an enlarged and permanent New Markets Tax Credit to encourage private sector investment in new and small businesses.

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Lessons of Hayti

As told by prominent historians, scholars, former Hayti residents, and a survivor of the Tulsa Riots of 1921, “The Lessons of Hayti ” details a history of Black success in America, including the creation of over 100 independent Black communities, nearly 100 Black Colleges and Universities, and wielding massive political power in the former Confederate States, all within 50 years of the end of slavery. “The Lessons of Hayti” also examines the demise of these historic Black communities over the last 100 years due to both racial violence and political backstabbing triggered by pivotal historic events including the landmark case “Plessy vs. Ferguson” in 1898, the end of of World War 1 in 1918, and the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 60’s.

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Trolley Case Study

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Introducing the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem: Four Defining Characteristics

This 2011 Forbes article by Daniel Isenberg outlines the six domains of entrepreneurial ecosystems that support value-creating entrepreneurial ventures.

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interSector Partners L3C

iSP consulting and education services include: Social Enterprise strategy and development, Strategic planning, Sustainability planning, Executive Search, Governance, Business planning, Marketing/communications, Stakeholder engagement, CSR planning and implementation, Strategic partnerships, Business plan development, Sponsorship development, Fundraising planning

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Green Your City Guide

Much of the “green” movement has mistakenly depended on self-motivation. The messages of the cause reach individuals who then decide whether or not they want to take it upon themselves to “green” their individual lifestyle. Individual catalysts that may come to mind include (1) eating less red meat, (2) recycling your bottles and cans, (3) composting food waste, (4) bicycling to work. These are all fine and good, but these four don’t individually make much of a difference to the planet’s well-being.

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International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers.

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Intended Outcomes of the Forward Cities National Learning Collaborative

This excerpt from the January 2014 proposal for the Forward Cities National Learning Collaborative describes the intended short-term and long-term outcomes for the initiative. Specific goals and outcomes may have evolved during the initiative implementation, which began June 2014.

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Inclusionary Housing Calculator

How do incentives and affordable housing requirements impact the economics of housing development projects? The Inclusionary Housing Calculator is designed to allow communities to explore the relationship between various local incentives and the development of mixed-income housing. The calculator is pre-populated with data for sample projects and can be further customized by users to reflect the unique circumstances or scenarios in their community.

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Immigration Path to Prosperity or Calamity?

This brief by Gregory L. Brown & Randell McShepard makes the case for encouraging immigration, citing benefits of immigrant labor to the Northeast Ohio’s economy and the potential to help reverse population decline. It makes recommendations for Cuyahoga County to foster a more welcoming environment for immigration.

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IBM Report on Cleveland for Forward Cities

Forward Cities received an in-kind consultancy grant from the Global Corporate Citizenship program at IBM that provided donated time to conduct research related to entrepreneurism and small business development in Cleveland. IBM’s full scope of work was to assess the Forward Cities corridors; conduct Interviews to understand the entrepreneurial activity and supports; summarize national best practices for entrepreneurial development; and recommend actions to accelerate entrepreneurial activity and grow small businesses.

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Guiding Document for Local Innovation Councils

This document was provided in January 2015 to the local Forward Cities Innovation Councils to guide them in their planning process. It describes the national project goals, the target population, and next tasks as of January 2015 for the local council and the research teams.

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Forward Cities: Mobilizing Local Action for Inclusive Entrepreneurship

This report documents the goals and progress of Forward Cities as of September 2015, summarizes the early outcomes, and suggests implications for the initiative going forward.

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Forward Cities: Four Cities’ Efforts toward More Inclusive Entrepreneurship

This February 2017 report documents the activities and outcomes from the two-year Forward Cities pilot, and suggests implications for similar peer-learning initiatives to support minority entrepreneurship.

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Forward Cities National and Local Research Update

National and local research partners presented at the December 2015 Durham Forward Cities convening to provide an update on the national brief and highlight local data and analysis examples from Cleveland, Detroit, Durham, and New Orleans.

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Forward Cities Local and National Research Update

This presentation at the Cleveland Forward Cities convening describes the local research products and the main findings from the Urban Institute brief reporting on the initiative’s early progress.

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Forward Cities Detroit Supplemental Maps and Data

These supplemental documents of the North End/New Center District include a data table and maps with boundaries, employment centers, and support organizations.

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Forward Cities Detroit North End/New Center District

This December 2015 brief details the selection and landscape of the North End/New Center District in Detroit, MI, the focus neighborhood for the Detroit Innovation Council’s efforts

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Expanding Opportunity for Minority-Owned Businesses in New Orleans

This paper, one of the series of the Data Center’s New Orleans Index at Ten, provide empirical data on how minority-owned business enterprises perceive the post-Katrina entrepreneurial ecosystem, including impressions on inclusiveness, supports, and access. It also includes recommendations on policies and procedures that improve the ecosystem’s ability to support MBE development.

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Evaluating the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition Program

The goal of this report is to evaluate the scope and value of the GAFC program as a federal government-sponsored means of spurring innovation and small business growth. The report begins with a background on the accelerator movement in the United States, including a description of the landscape of accelerators and other similar entrepreneurial support organizations. It then investigates other startup support programs within the U.S. government, and provides a cursory examination of selected state- and local-level support efforts and the trend abroad. The report then goes on to examine the results of the survey of GAFC recipients and provides a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis of the program.

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Entrepreneurship Support Organizations in Durham

This document is an inventory of entrepreneurship support organizations in Durham as of November 2015. It was produced as part of the Forward Cities Learning Initiative by the local research team with the assistance of the local Forward Cities Innovation Council.

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Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Diagnostic Toolkit

This 2014 publication from the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs provides methodological guidance on assessing the current state of entrepreneurial ecosystems and offers a set of resources and tools that can be used by development practitioners.

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DC Small Business Policy Project

The purpose of the Small Business Policy Project is to improve the environment address barriers to the success of small and micro businesses in the District of Columbia.

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Creating Inclusive High-Tech Incubators and Accelerators: Strategies to Increase Participation Rates of Women and Minority Entrepreneurs

Many high-tech incubator and accelerator leaders convey that they would like to become more inclusive, but that they are unsure of how to do so effectively. This report hopes to address this situation by providing these leaders with a set of tools and models they can implement to become more diverse and inclusive. The report includes highlights from incubators and accelerators that are struggling with diversity issues as well as from those that have already implemented strategies that have created more inclusive organizations. We discuss the various barriers that prevent women and minority entrepreneurs from participating in high-tech incubators and accelerators and a set of recommended strategies to help eliminate the barriers.

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COMMUNICATIONS: TELLING THE STORY OF WHAT WORKS

This guide contains examples of storytelling both large and small�from effective Tweets and Facebook posts to blog posts and media coverage from the initiative�intended to expand notions of which stories are worth telling and how they might be shared. The examples here are also reflective of data- and evidence-based work across various stages of implementation.

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City initiatives for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship

CITIE is the product of a partnership between Nesta, Accenture and the Future Cities Catapult under CITIE.Index. It lays out a framework and diagnostic tool for roles that a city can play to support innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Center for Enterprise Development Efforts on Entrepreneurship

CFED’s current portfolio of entrepreneurship work focuses on informing, discovering and testing scalable product, program or policy strategies for addressing microbusiness owners� greatest financial challenges.

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Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition

The Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition allows small business owners a way to easily navigate to and use key demographic and economic data to help guide their research into opening a new or expanding their existing business.

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Catalyzing Entrepreneurship Assets, Gaps, and Interventions for Areas Beyond the New Orleans Renaissance

This Forward Cities report explores and recommends specific interventions toward fostering entrepreneurial activity while avoiding gentrification in a selected neighborhood in New Orleans.

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BizGrid

BizGrid is interactive online directory and a physical infographic designed to help entrepreneurs navigate the landscape of organizations providing business assistance in Detroit

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Big Ideas for Small Business Toolkit

The Big Ideas for Small Business toolkit discusses important strategies for how local government leaders can be better advocates for small businesses. Our report provides guidance on creating ecosystems that support small business growth; reorganizing city resources to better meet the needs of small businesses; and providing business owners with access to new sources of capital.

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Aspen Urban Innovation Lab

The DC Urban Innovation Lab supports a cohort of urban innovators focused on addressing social challenges in the Washington region. The lab connects these innovators with the wealth of policy experts on education, health, economic development and related topics at the Institute. It also connects the growing number of people and organizations working to create an urban innovation ecosystem in the DC area.

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Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation

The Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation identifies, connects, and supports urban innovators, with a special emphasis on people who come from or work in underserved neighborhoods. It also helps leaders from government, business, and philanthropy better understand the needs of urban innovators so that their powerful ideas can spread rapidly from place to place.

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A Roadmap for Inner City Business Data Collection (ICIC)

This report includes findings from ICIC’s study of the accuracy of proprietary business data, and a roadmap to help other cities identify business information gaps and collect more comprehensive data.

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