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The Forward Cities Cleveland Experience: Overview and Analysis
Urban Publications
  • Ziona Austrian, Cleveland State University
  • Merissa Piazza, Cleveland State University
  • Sydney Martis
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The city of Cleveland is part of Forward Cities, a four-city initiative focused on inclusive innovation and entrepreneurship. Forward Cities is a national learning collaborative, and its two-year pilot project includes the cities of Cleveland, Detroit, Durham, and New Orleans. Forward Cities gives participating cities an opportunity to: Explore issues of inclusive innovation (so that the city/region’s current entrepreneurial boom does not leave the most vulnerable behind); Identify the most effective ways for supporting and developing leaders, entrepreneurs and businesses, in low income neighborhoods; and Discuss strategies to build innovative leadership and an entrepreneurial workforce, especially in traditionally disconnected communities (as well as developing the capacity of high-growth enterprises to recruit/train opportunity youth).
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Ziona Austrian, Merissa Piazza and Sydney Martis. "The Forward Cities Cleveland Experience: Overview and Analysis" (2016)
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