Ensuring that the next generation has improved social mobility is an important goal for public leaders to expand opportunity, and difficult as federal policy stagnates. A new paper from the Brookings Institution reviews how cities, metros, and counties are taking the lead to invest in children, from education to public services, to increase access to the American Dream.
Forward Cities, a multi city learning collaborative, is working in four major metros to find out how to build inclusive innovation ecosystems. With input from leaders, stakeholders, and activists, the collaborative seeks to identify resources minority communities need to start new businesses and grow existing ones, while ensuring those communities are connected to the resources. Check out Governing Magazine's article on early progress in Detroit, Cleveland, New Orleans, and Durham, NC.
NewDEALer in the Spotlight:
Troy Singleton, Assemblyman
NewDEAL Leader Assemblyman Troy Singleton is leading an effort to ensure New Jersey's veterans have access to economic opportunity through the New Jersey Battlefield to Boardroom Act. Singleton's proposal would provide a corporate business tax credit and gross income tax credit covering up to $1,200 in wages for veterans that companies hire. The initiative is receiving praise from the local editorial board, which notes that many individuals to whom this would apply are "highly skilled in modern technology and have been trained to handle tough assignments in challenging conditions."