Inclusive Innovation Economy Resources
The tools and links below focus on an evolving set of “best practices” that organizations and policy makers can utilize to better connect underserved communities and the residents that live in those communities to the innovation economy. This will be continuously updated.
Urban Innovation21’s approach to connecting businesses owned by residents from underserved communities to our region’s successful Innovation economy.
PowerPoint slides that show that building supply chain and innovation economy support businesses owned by residents from underserved communities and connecting them to our region’s successful innovation economy will create an equitable innovation economy ecosystem.
Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone (PCKIZ) Research Paper
Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone Model – Creating Clusters in Underserved Communities and using those clusters as a driver for sustainable community based economic development.
By Mary T. McKinney – Duquesne University
William Generett Jr. – Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone.
The Inititive For A Competitive Inner City
The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City is a nonprofit research and strategy organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there. Founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, ICIC strengthens inner city economies by providing businesses, governments and investors with the most comprehensive and actionable information in the field about urban market opportunities.
PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works. PolicyLink connects the work of people on the ground to the creation of sustainable communities of opportunity that allow everyone to participate and prosper. Such communities offer access to quality jobs, affordable housing, good schools, transportation, and the benefits of healthy food and physical activity.
The America21 Project
The America21 Project is an open, collaborative and innovative platform that fosters solutions-based approaches to 21st century community economic development. Supported by three essential pillars of innovation: STEM Education and Workforce Development, Access to Capital and Capital Formation, High-Growth Entrepreneurship. The America21 Project (A21) strategy seeks to leverage existing assets within Urban American communities to create new opportunities and ensure competitiveness in the global Innovation Economy.
The Democracy Collaborative
The Democracy Collaborative is a national leader in the field of community development through our Community Wealth Building Initiative. The Initiative sustains a wide range of projects involving research, training, policy development, and community-focused work designed to promote an asset-based paradigm and increase support for the field across-the-board.
The Evergreen Cooperative of Cleveland, Ohio are pioneering innovation models of job creation, wealth building, and sustainability. Evergreen’s employee-owned, for-profit companies are based locally and hire locally. They create meaningful green jobs and keep precious financial resources within the Greater University Circle neighborhoods. Worker-owners at Evergreen earn a living wage and build equity in the firms as owners of the business.
Living Cities is an innovative collaborative of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions. In nearly 20 years Living Cities members have collectively invested almost $1 billion, helping shape federal funding programs, redirecting public and private resources, and helping communities to build homes, stores, schools, community facilities and more. However, our members are not simply funders. They shape our work and priorities by participating on the Living Cities Board of Directors, four standing committees and three working groups. In sum, our members contribute the time of 80-plus expert program staff toward improving the lives of low-income people and the cities where they live.