Research Report Forward Cities
Four Cities’ Efforts toward More Inclusive Entrepreneurship
Rob Pitingolo, Kathryn L.S. Pettit
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Forward Cities is a cross-city learning collaborative that fosters inclusive innovation and entrepreneurial development in Cleveland, Detroit, Durham, and New Orleans. During the two-year pilot initiative, community leaders identified focus neighborhoods to direct and coordinate resources to increase entrepreneurship. Forward Cities participants increased their focus on supporting minority entrepreneurs in these underserved neighborhoods. Forward Cities also deepened relationships between entrepreneurial support providers. The pilot initiative generated funding or significant interest and facilitated cross-city connections, primarily though formal convenings, but also through informal connections developed by participants. Finally, Forward Cities offers lessons for designing similar initiatives around small business and entrepreneurship.
Research Areas Education Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Race and equity Workforce
Tags Workforce development Racial and ethnic disparities Community and economic development Racial equity in education Racial inequities in neighborhoods and community development
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center