Center for Economic Development
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).
Austrian, Ziona; Piazza, Merissa; and Martis, Sydney, "The Forward Cities Cleveland Experience: Overview and Analysis" (2016). Urban Publications. 0 1 2 3 1346.