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Diversity Straight Up: Moving past the low hanging fruit of color and gender in Northeast Iowa

Corridor Business Journal Where do diversity, equity, and inclusion sit in workplace culture? What are the challenges with being real and authentic when living in Iowa and talking about race? Why might those who don’t consider themselves diverse become defensive?  Listen as Hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with Corridor Business Journal Editor Adam […]

Policy Link: Equitable Innovation Economies: Cultivating Diverse Leadership and an Inclusive Start-Up Culture in Portland, Oregon

The Equitable Innovation Economies initiative is a multiyear effort led by the Pratt Center for Community Development in partnership with PolicyLink and the Urban Manufacturing Alliance to help cities pursue inclusive growth strategies to advance more equitable outcomes in their innovation and manufacturing sectors. Portland, Oregon, profiled below, is one of the four cities involved […]

Policy Link: Growing Good Jobs: How Urban Gardening Can Drive Workforce Development

Groundwork Denver is one of a handful of organizations nationwide that are using urban agriculture as a vehicle for economic opportunity in disinvested communities. In struggling neighborhoods where high unemployment, food deserts, and a dearth of green space so often go hand in hand, these organizations are braiding together strategic interventions to foster healthier, more […]